The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria, MLSCN, Dr. Tosan Erhabor says the Council remains committed to tackling the challenge of misdiagnosis in patient care in Nigeria.
Dr. Erhabor who stated this at the 7th Induction Ceremony of foreign graduates of Medical Laboratory Science, explained that the Council has constantly upgraded its curriculum for graduates undergoing training for induction to certify their skills and expertise.
As the mother body that regulates the practice of Medical Laboratory practice in Nigeria, the MLSCN has a duty to ensure adherence to the code of ethics by professionals.
The Registrar of MLSCN, Dr. Tohsan Erhabor spoke some steps taken over the years to strength the skills and expertise of medical laboratory practitioners in Nigeria.
“I commend the heads of department and heads of unit for their innovativeness in conducting inductees through the period of their training.
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“The Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria is continually committed to the growth and development of the practice of medical laboratory science in Nigeria.
“I will like to inform you that you will be the first set to go through internship training before going for national service. You are part of the strategic plan of the Council and you are the future of the profession.
“This set is best we have gotten so far. As I said, we started with six months not coordinated, we started with seven and the last one we did seven months we had about sixty per cent. I am proud, with these twelve months that they stayed we have not less than eighty per cent of the people that took the exams coming out successful and this is the best we have gotten. So, this can now attest to us that the twelve months we have given unto them to be exposed to the Nigerian system is working.”
Respect for constituted authority, regard for colleagues and other medical professionals, regular upgrade of knowledge and skills, integrity, transparency, delivery of quality and timely services are vital principals the medical laboratory professionals must imbibe.
These were the emphases of the induction lecturer, Dr. Osaretin Agbolahor who warned sternly inductees against any acts of indiscipline.
“Adherence to medical laboratory practice in Nigeria is a necessity which is non-negotiable. The general ethical principles are applied for the best interest of the patient and the patient’s welfare is chiefly important.
“Then as a medical scientist, professionally you are expected to carry out your investigations both are the pre-analytical phase – when you will be collecting your samples; and the analytical phase – when you are carrying out investigations on the sample that you have collected; and the post-analytical phase when you are doing a report of the investigation that you have conducted, you are expected to make sure that there is internal quality control.”
Inductees were also advised to show patriotism by joining hands to build the Nigerian Medical Sector, rather than run to foreign countries in search systems that others have built.
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