Laboratory scientists hold confab in K’si

Story  from Issah Alhassan

THE GHANA Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists (GABMLS) has officially launched its two-year Strategic/Action Plan to chart a new course for its members, and set the association on a fresh path to enable it gain national recognition as a leading player in the health sector.

The 14-page document, which was formally launched at a colourful ceremony held at the plush Golden Tulip, Kumasi City, details specific steps and intentions which have been put in place by the association to streamline its activities, and implement frameworks that would rid the association of charlatans in the laboratory service in the country.

Also top on the agenda to be undertaken by the association, which has an over 1,000 membership across the country, is to lobby Parliament for the immediate passage of the Legislative Instrument (LI, 1972) to give the association the authority to regulate the activities of laboratory service providers in the country.

The programme was under the theme, “Enhancing Quality Laboratory Services in Ghana: Strategies for strengthening the Effort Further,” and was attended by representatives and stakeholders in the health sector, traditional rulers, and the academia.

Addressing participants at the programme, the National President of the GABMLS, Prince S. Amuzu, said the launch of the strategic/action plan signaled the association’s intention to fortify the mainstream laboratory services in Ghana, and bring the activities of the association to the knowledge of the general public.

He said, notwithstanding the critical role laboratory scientists played in the delivery of quality healthcare, the association lacked the needed authority to regulate its activities, because of the lack of legal backing.

Dr. Amuzu said that it was against this background that the association would want to, as much as possible, bring its programmes and activities into the public domain, through the launch of an official website and a new logo, so that the authorities could duly appreciate the duties of laboratory scientists in the country.

A representative of the Asantehene, Nana Fredua Agyemang Pambour, said the Asantehene was equally concerned about lack of regulations to control the activities of laboratory services in the country.

He noted that considering the fact that laboratory scientists are responsible for diagnosing most diseases that affect patients, including deadly ones, their activities must adequately be regulated to ensure that they deliver the best of services to patients.

Nana Fredua Pambour, who is also the Benkumhene of the Ankaase Traditional Council, revealed the Asantehene’s readiness to support in ensuring the passage of the Legislative Instrument, but cautioned that members of the association must also brace themselves for the challenges that may be associated with it.

The Ashanti Regional President of GABMLS, Mr. Thomas Gyampomah, stressed that effective healthcare demands efficient laboratory techniques, but expressed concern that members of the association lacked the needed recognition, as compared to other sectors of healthcare delivery.

The association also presented certificates and meritorious wards to some past executives who had distinguished themselves in the activities of the association.
Amongst the awardees included the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ohene Adjei, and Dr. Wereko Brobbey, a past executive of the association.

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