Nigeria: 95% of Medical Labs are manned By Quacks – Erhabor
About 95 per cent of medical laboratories in many hospitals in the country are manned by unqualified laboratory scientists,
the Acting Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Mr. Tosan Erhabor has disclosed. Speaking at the 18th Conference/Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Guild of Medical Laboratory Directors of Nigeria (GMLDN), held in Anambra State Capital recently, he said the council was determined to engender confidence in laboratory results, a reason he noted was for seeking the co-operation of GMLDN in its efforts to rid the medical laboratory science profession of quackery and illegal practice. He described quackery as a canker worm which must be stamped out by concerted efforts of all stakeholders of the profession. Towards eradicating quackery in the profession, Erhabor said advocacy meetings had been mounted across all the zones in the country, while the councils EQA programme has commenced with the first set of samples from participatory laboratories received and analyzed. He enjoined those medical laboratories that were yet to key into the scheme to do so, adding that in line to combating quackery, the management and stakeholders completed the protocol for assessment of laboratories as a way of objective assessment geared towards global best practices..