In a communiqué issued at the end of its 52nd Annual Scientific Conference and workshop which took place in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital, The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN has raised con­cern over what it described as the indiscriminate use of public offices by some Chief Executive Officers of both federal and state health fa­cilities to oppress and sup­press other health profes­sionals in Nigeria. The communiqué was signed by its National President, Toyosi Y Raheem; Secre­tary, Dr Surajudeen Jun­aid and Public Rela­tions Officer, Tam Adeyeye.

The group noted that the uses of the indiscriminate powers were manifested by the consistent and deliber­ate misinterpretation of gov­ernment circulars and ex­tant laws by some CEOs of health institutions. “Conference observed that the trend could fur­ther escalate workplace in­ter-professional disharmo­ny, dampen the morale of health professionals and re­duce the productivity of the affected health professionals.

“For example, the Con­ference frowned at the non-compliance with the imple­mentation of circular on Enhanced Entry Point for Medical Laboratory Scien­tists by some Chief Medical Directors/Directors in some hospitals and other institu­tions, whereas such CMDs/MDs were quick to imple­ment similar circulars for their own colleagues,” the communiqué noted.

The AMLSN also called on the Minister for Health to integrate Medical Labo­ratory Scientists into the re­cently introduced Rapid Re­sults Initiatives (RRI) and the Save One Million Lives Initiative in order to achieve effective and desirable out­comes for the programme.

The group noted that such integration will also prevent wastage of the scarce resources of the coun­try through the use of less­er qualified, inappropriate professionals for laborato­ry screening or testing of the people as envisaged by health ministry.

The group further raised concern over what it called the shift from the consump­tion of natural to ‘junk foods’, increased industri­alization and lack of regu­lar physical exercise, which it noted could be predis­posing factors to develop­ment of tumors and oth­er heath challenges.

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