By Our Reporter
Dr Tosen Irabo, Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria on Thursday says the council has inspected no fewer than 14 states of the federation to fish-out quacks out of the profession.
He made the disclosure in an interview with Journalists on the sideline of an induction ceremony for graduating students of Elite International College of Health Science and Technology, Zaria, Kaduna State.
reports says that the programme was organised by the college for its 45 graduating students signaling their induction into the Medical Laboratory profession.
Irabo said: “Actually, we are putting measures in place, as I speak to you today, Medical Lab Science Council of Nigeria under my watch has gone on inspection of more than 14 states.
“And we are commencing our inspection of laboratories under states by March, the essence of doing that is to remove quacks because Nigerians need the best and they deserved to get the best results from our laboratories.
“In that line, the Medical Lab Science Council of Nigeria has a National Quality Assurance Laboratory in Zaria that has just been given an international accreditation.
“We have just established another facility in our headquarters in Abuja all towards getting quality results and is called National Laboratory Calibration Centre.
“This is where equipment that are used in the laboratory are calibrated so that results that come out from our laboratories meet international standards.”
According to him, the council does not only inspects manpower but also the equipment to be used need to be calibrated.
Irabo assured that those found wanting in those state visited were under investigation and subsequently they woul be charged to court to face the wrath of the law.
He added that the council also had a laboratory in Lagos which would commence evaluation of laboratory kids, adding that no matter how good a personnel “is” if the kids were no properly evaluated and good enough it would not give good results.
Declaring the occasion opened, the former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Muktar Ramalan-Yero described the duty of medical scientists as very crucial to the entire health sector.
He enjoined them to see their profession as a platform to contribute their quota towards assisting the humanity.
Ramalan-Yero lauded the efforts of the management of the college for its wonderful job that culminated into producing quality health personnel in the last ten years.
On his part, the Acting Governing Council Chairman of the college, Dr Khalil Kugu said the graduands had undertaken their national examination in September 2019 and eventually turned out successful.
He observed that by the induction carried out by the Registrar, Medical Lab himself indicated that the graduands now have the permission to practice their profession anywhere in Nigeria.
Kugu appealed to governments at all levels as well as the private sectors to look at the possibility of giving them employment in view of the vast knowledge they have acquired.
“These graduands are materials, with the exception of four people who got credit, all of them got distinction in their national examination, it is not easy for somebody to get distinction in this field.
“I want to use this medium to appeal to them to actively practice what they have learned in the school and in the event of any challenges in the course of their duty, feel free to ask those above you who have more experience.
“Before, you were under the college but now when you get job you will be under your superior officer who has more experience than you, try to learn more from them for the good of the society and the nation at large.