On 15/Oct/2013 / In Medical News
The National Assembly and the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria have expressed concern over inaccurate diagnosis by laboratories, which they said had been a major cause of deaths in the country.
The National Assembly and the MLSCN, at the first medical laboratory services forum held in Abuja, stressed the need to check foreign medical treatments by boosting local diagnosis.
Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Health, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu, stressed the importance of medical laboratory scientists.
He said, “Without your diagnostic results of body fluids obtained from patients, medical doctors cannot examine the patients; nurses cannot conduct any treatment of the patients; and pharmacists cannot even prescribe any drug for the patients. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to affirm that you are the first among equals.
“It has been established that the bedrock of any medical treatment is the test or diagnosis conducted by a medical laboratory scientist on the patient’s body fluids or other specimen obtained from the patients. The evaluation or judgment of the medical doctor on the patient’s condition is dependent on your diagnosis.
“If anything is wrong with your diagnosis or a patient’s blood samples or body fluids were not diagnosed by you before the patient was treated, the end results would be very clear and your guess is as good as mine.”
Elumelu also promised to liaise with his colleagues at the National Assembly to ensure adequate budgetary provisions for training and continuous education of laboratory scientists to prepare them to
The Registrar of MLSCN, Prof. Anthony Emeribe, stressed the need for all stakeholders to play their roles to enhance medical laboratory practice in Nigeria.
He said that President Goodluck Jonathan had recently commissioned the Council’s In-Vitro Diagnostic Control Laboratory in Lagos as part of efforts to reposition the medical laboratory services sector.
“That was a milestone in the process of actualizing Council’s vision of becoming a world acclaimed regulatory authority in the near future. Since that event, the Council has been working assiduously towards sensitizing manufacturers; importers and marketers of IVDs to commence listing of their products as well as the process of registration to enable us decisively sanitize the sector,” he noted.
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