The Ghana Affiliation of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) has acknowledged that 30 % of practising Medical Laboratory Scientists within the nation are unqualified and uncertified.
President of the Affiliation, Dr Ignatius Awinibuno, has noticed a decline within the variety of unqualified professionals from 40 % previously two years to 30 %.
“As an trade, we have now many challenges is the problem of quackery; unqualified individuals making an attempt to ply our commerce due to this fact exposing the citizenry to very critical hazard. Lots of people are working with out correct licenses in quite a lot of our labs placing the general public into hazard.”
Chatting with LUV BIZ on the opening of a brand new secretariat within the Ashanti Area, he revealed that “two years in the past, 40 per cent have been unqualified and uncertified, the observe remains to be occurring and it’s a trouble to us. Despite the fact that the numbers have diminished, it’s nonetheless prevalent and one thing needs to be achieved. It diminished marginally and I can say it’s now 30 per cent.”
In line with GAMLS, this pattern exposes the lives of healthcare recipients to hazard.
He, nonetheless, says the state of affairs impacts negatively on the career and that swift motion is required to deal with the problem.
“In the event you hear such a factor, report back to the affiliation, to regulatory physique and we’ll stand with you on this matter. We’re not right here to guard any individual that’s quack,” he advises the general public.
Name for a brand new Council
In line with the President of the Affiliation, the Allied Professions Council is unable to cater successfully to the wants of all of the 18 skilled our bodies beneath its umbrella. This has inadvertently affected the monitoring of Medical Laboratory Scientists.
Nevertheless, the management of the Affiliation, upon observing the significance of medical laboratory care in modern-day well being care supply agree that the career wants much more consideration than is being given to it at the moment.
“In truth laboratory companies have turn into central as a substitute of peripheral, in public well being interventions like what we noticed in Covid-19”.
Dr Awinibuno emphasised that the position of medical laboratory scientists is important to the medical observe the place lab outcomes are wanted to have the ability to present proof for the right analysis of sufferers to assist confirm the severity of the illness and to know the probabilities of survival of the sufferers amongst others.
However sadly, the correct regulatory coverage framework required to information these processes are ineffective.
The management of GAMLS is due to this fact asking authorities to determine a particular council for medical scientists to assist develop an environment friendly regulatory framework to sanitize the trade.
“So we have now proposed to authorities to present the medical laboratory sector a medical laboratory science council that may regulate and centre basically on laboratory care.
The job of the council could be to streamline the method of employment of Medical Laboratory Scientist. It should additionally regulate the manufacturing of reagents, and the importation of medical gear into the nation.
New Workplace in Kumasi
Dr Awinibuno famous that through the years, the “affiliation’s enterprise has been performed in folks’s houses and workplaces”, nonetheless he believes that the Affiliation wants “a spot the place official actions and paperwork must be correctly secured the place we obtain our guests must be a good place”.
“So it was a call of the Nationwide Govt Council to place an workplace right here within the [Ashanti] area in form to make sure the actions of the affiliation are coordinated from this premises,” he acknowledged.
For him, “it is a landmark program that seeks to additional facilitate the operations of the affiliation and to make it extra accessible extra to the residents and purchasers that wishes to satisfy us.”
The Ashanti Area is famous to be one of many premier areas relating to the career.
This skilled physique has through the years supplied quite a lot of management relating to the well being care sector, seeing to the welfare of all medical laboratory scientists throughout the nation and selling the observe of the career for high quality well being care supply in its members throughout the nation.