Thursday, 25 August 2016

Lab Directors Elect Female National President, Moves to Oust Quackery in the profession

 The 18th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Nigeria Guild of Medical Laboratory Directors (GMLD) entitled “Medical Laboratory Automation in a challenging economy” has ended at Awka, the capital of Anambra State with the election of a female National President, Chioma Onuorah.

Dr. Mrs. Onuorah, who is the Director, Laboratory Biosensors Medical LTD, Abuja and immediate past National Vice President—GMLD (North Central) pulled 53 votes to defeat her rivals, Doctors Messers Okoli (26) and Cy Nwachukwu (26).

Others equally elected during the meeting were Mkpanam Ekanem (National Vice President, North Central), Claudiusa Odelola (National Vice President, Southwest), Sylvester Ogodo (National Vice President, Southeast), Oderinde S.A (National Vice President, South South), and Chima Eric (National Vice President, Northwest).

Also emerged were Uba Benjamin (National Secretary), Busari Kehinde (National Treasurer), Emmanuel Dijeh (National PRO), Mba Douglas (Assistant National Secretary), Elomba Chidolu (National Financial Secretary), and Achi Chuka.

Speaking on behalf of others, the newly inaugurated President, Chioma Onuorah assured her union of her willing to declare war on quackery in the industry with a view to securing lives and their battered image.

Meanwhile, at seminar prior to the election, the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Mr. Tosan Erhabor disclosed that 95% of the laboratory science operators in the country were quacks.

According to Erhabor, the economic situation in the country forced some unemployed graduates, many untrained persons to delve into laboratory science business with lots of try and errors abounds, thereby making the public to lose confidence in the authenticity of Laboratory results produced in Nigeria.
He further hinted that efforts were on top gear towards sanitizing the profession to restores the public confidence in Laboratory science as they have flagged off e-licensing for members with effect from August, 2016, and any Laboratory practitioner without license would be dealt with decisively.

Also speaking, the Anambra state chairman of the Association, Dr. Uche Ngenegbo revealed that the association in the state has declared war against quacks in the profession, and also ready to induct new members, train and retain her old members on the latest automation used in this 21st century Laboratories across the globe.

While addressing the guild, the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by Dr. Sunday Ekwunife announced that the state has mapped out modalities to trash fake out of the state, having constituted inspection team to all the hospitals and laboratories in the state to ensure compliance to the set standard.

Speaking on the theme of the event, the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Chinedum C. Onyenekwe explained that automation is automated machines and validated computerised systems or robotics whose benefits included elimination of human errors in laboratory procedures, improves accuracy, precision and reproducibility, reduced turnaround time for release of results, volume of sample analysed is much, reduces the risk of exposure/contact to infectious agents, and augment the drop in qualified manpower’s in the field of medical laboratory.

Onyenekwe, however, maintained that for the machine to work effectively there must be constant power supply which Nigeria government was unable to provide for her citizens, while its other contingencies were the cost of automated machines, availability of technical assistance, the turnaround time to recover the finances for the investment amongst others.

Earlier reading his feats in office, the immediate past National President of the GMLD, Dr. Fabian Chukwuezi pointed out that his administration reunited members into the fold, spearheaded the implementation of quality assurance in the profession thereby restoring the lost hope of the public, organized three national conferences peacefully, among others.

By Okechukwu Onuegbu



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