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Lab scientists floats research foundation

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi

Correspondent, Abuja

In an effort to boost health research in the country, the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), has concluded plans to float a Health Research Foundation.

The Foundation is aimed at improving the performance of medical laboratory scientists in conducting researches in all aspects of health in order to improve the health status of the country.

National President of the group, Alhaji Toyosi  Raheem who disclosed spoke to Daily Independent in an exclusive interview in Abuja, yesterday advised the President –elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to appoint credible, competent, unbiased and experienced administrators as ministers of health.

He noted that the appointment of a competent Health Minister will put an end to incessant crisis in the health sector in Nigeria.

He said: “What we have planned to do to improve the performance of our members is to introduce what we call Health Research Foundation which we will pull resources and use to support any of our member that have initiative that can impact positively on translational research.

“A number of our people work in research institutes. Whether veterinary research institute, medical research institute, pharmaceutical research institutes and even universities where research is also their mandate, you see many of our people working in those centres.

“As medical lab scientists, we believe that our work does not really stop on diagnosis, we can also by virtue of professional training and biography, we can contribute positively in the area of research.”

He said the AMLSN is optimistic that “the incoming president will appoint credible, competent, unbiased and experienced administrators to lead the Federal Ministry of Health. This no doubt, will put an end to incessant crisis in the health sector in Nigeria.”

“History has it that when an experienced, professionally unbiased health economist/administrator was in charge, our health sector in Nigeria ranked 4th in the whole of commonwealth nations.

“Regrettably, decline sets in drastically from 1985 soon after your exit as the then Head of government. Health sector is made up several Professional groups all of which have the capacity to perform optimally when given a level playing field, the needed motivations, necessary tools and enabling environments. This will in turn, promote Universal Health Coverage, reduce out of pocket health expenditures for all Nigerians, promote the achievement of health related MDGs among others.”