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.