FG to strengthen Health System to Prevent Quacks, says Health Minister  

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By: Joy Odor/Kaduna

 The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said the Federal Government will strengthen existing mechanisms to prevent quacks from taking over the health system.

He said this is to avert the danger of leaving the fortunes of patients and clients in the hands of quacks or impostors and called on healthcare professionals to shun all forms of malpractice.

The Minister made the call at the opening of the 53rd National Scientific Conference of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) in Kaduna on Wednesday with the theme: ‘‘Strengthening of Medical Laboratory Services:  ‘A Panacea for National Health Agenda’.

Professor Isaac Adewole noted that the Ministry is very much committed to quality laboratory services in Nigeria, warning that professional malpractice must be abhorred by the members while the government shall continue to strengthen health regulatory bodies for optimum performance and quality.

The was of the opinion that as Medical Laboratory Scientists, they have to scale-up their efficient and quality diagnostic competences and their contributions to human resource development through teaching and lecturing of the younger ones in the universities and colleges among others.

In his remark, the Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Barnabas Bantex who represented the State Governor Mallam, Nasir El-Rufai, enjoined the Laboratory Scientists to pursue excellence to sustain primary healthcare, which he described as the cornerstone of any health system.

Earlier, President of the Association, Mr. Toyesin Raheem stressed the need for harmony among the various Professional bodies and Associations in the health sector, lamenting the inter-professional rivalry between the pathologists and medical laboratory scientists at the State Teaching Hospital, Bauro Dikko .

He urged the Minister to check professional rivalry in the health sector to save the health system from collapse, saying the Association is working closely with relevant bodies to eliminate quackery and professional malpractice.

The National President appealed to State Minister of Health to use his goodwill in office to resolve the issue of rivalry and called on the Federal Government to support the In Vitro diagnostic laboratory established under the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria to check the quality of laboratory diagnoses that are coming into the country.

“If this matter cannot be resolved in our own generation, then the future is bleak. We as laboratory scientists are not going beyond our schedules, so others should not too. We must all understand our job schedules,” he said.

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