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img_20161004_154713Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State has charged the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, AMLSN, to take decisive steps to check quackery in the profession.

The Governor gave this charge today in Jalingo at the 52nd annual scientific conference and workshop with the theme: Tumor Fibro Environments: Basic and Advanced Strategies for Quality Health Services.

He emphasized that quality health care delivery is very strategic in his Rescue Agenda and encouraged members of the association to ensure the fight against fake practice is won as this is critical to quality health care procedures.

Governor Darius and his wife Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku both received awards for exemplary leadership and quality service to humanity which was according to the national president of the association, Alhaji Toyosi Y. Raheem meant to serve as an incentive for him to do more.

The Keynote speaker, Prof. Marycelin Baba, who is the first female to serve in this capacity in the history of the association acknowledged  the vital role of Medical Laboratory Scientists in health care delivery and stressed the need for refining and strengthening the capacity of these scientists. mandatory.

She stated that any government willing to give the best medical attention to its citizens must include Medical Laboratory Scientists in its policy making process as the profession is the fulcrum of best medical practices.

The association’s National president Alhaji Toyosi Y. Raheem, disclosed that “the theme of this years conference and workshop which is Tumor Micro- Environments: Basic and Applied Strategies for Combating Health Challenges was chosen as a result of the increasing menace of cancer and tumour related health challenges”.

He lamented that despite all the advances in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and tumor related challenges, many lives are still lost to cancer and its related diseases adding that “ It is noteworthy that although old approaches to cancer diagnosis and management is no longer practiced in civilized countries where personalized medicine is the new order, the ‘one- cap- fits- all’ approach of health practice  which is the old order in Nigeria deserves attention.

img_20161004_155613“We as AMLSN members have continuously seen the need to repeatedly lay emphasis on early screening, confirmation and management of tumors, infections and other health challenges. Hence the selection of the key note speaker  to do justice to the theme, subtheme and other topics in the course of the conference”.

Also, the State chairman of the association Swem Collins I. A.disclosed that “ the practice of med lab in Taraba has reached its enviable height”.  He was glad to inform the state that they have a Directorate of Medical Lab Services both in the Ministry of Health and Health Services Management Board and the bonding of BMLS students by Taraba state Government is commendable.

He however disclosed that despite this attainment, “we still have some teething issues that are militating against the medical laboratory practice in the state. These are lack of sufficient manpower, quackery, inadequate training institutions for internship, inadequate enrollment of intern medical laboratory scientists and enhanced entry points.I believe in our Governor. He is on a rescue mission, a father that listens who will address these issues”.