BY TORYILA KAJO
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) Professor Anthony Emeribe has said that over 50 per cent of health laboratories in Nigeria are manned by quacks. Speaking in Makurdi at the annual scientific conference of medical laboratory scientists in Nigeria, Emeribe said most of the reagents and chemicals used in medicallaboratories in the country are fake and substandard and often stored and distributed under unsuitable conditions.
He maintained that something urgent has to be done to address irregularities, sharp practices and quackery in view of the hazardous effects they have on the health of the public.
“Quality improvement in laboratory services is necessary to cut down on the number of Nigerians who seek health care abroad. This is because laboratory tests are fundamental for accurate diagnosis of ailments and management of patients”, he said.
Also speaking, president of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Mr. Manason Garkuwa Rubainu said the National Health Bill passed by National Assembly if signed into law would cause confusion in the health system. He therefore commended President Goodluck Jonathan for not assenting to it.
He added that any policy that does not conform with the scheme of service for medical laboratory scientists as released by the OHCSF would be rejected. Declaring the workshop open, Governor Gabriel Suswam said immunization exercise in Benue State has exceeded the Federal Government’s target, adding that in 2007 when he assumed office, only the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi had a centre to care for HIV/AIDS patients, but that right now, there are about 23 centres in the state.
Represented by the state’s Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Orduen Abunku, the governor added that anti-retroviral drugs have been distributed across the state.