Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) National Public Relations Officer, Dr. Casmir Ifeanyi, has said institutions such as the National Hospital Abuja and Federal Medical Centers have not employed Medical Laboratory Scientists in the last 10 years.
“We will like the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, to probe why institutions such as the National Hospital, Abuja and FMCs have not employed medical lab scientists in the last 10 years.“Yet, they advertise regularly for recruitment and deployment of physicians to take over the duty of laboratory scientists.“The truth is that a large number of Nigerians are not informed about the goings-on in the health sector and why there is eroded confidence in the health institutions.”
“The only way they can remain relevant is to screen out people whose training and core competence would bring science into medicine and health care,” he added.
“Unfortunately, the managers of Federal Ministry of Health have not given full endorsement to the holistic deployment of the WHO tool in the recruitment processes of both tertiary and secondary healthcare facilities.
“For instance, where you have two doctors, about 10 nurses and a minimum of five medical lab scientists will be needed.
“Unfortunately, what obtains today is a situation where you have 10 doctors, no medical lab scientist and 23 nurses,” he alleged.
“The process is simple – see a doctor, go to the lab, get prescription and pay for drugs at the pharmacy.
“If the nature of your health condition requires admission, the nurses manage you. Shouldn’t that be the usual route?
“We all heard how one medical director of a Federal Medical Centre once told lawmakers at the National Assembly that maintenance engineer, carpenter and mechanic are part of core clinical service.
“It is shameful that a medical professional could say that to the hearing of all. That is what we are,” he lamented.