Health minister charges public analysts on standard laboratories
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has lauded members of the institute of public analysts for their utmost contribution towards the growth of the nation’s economy in terms of health and wealth, at the two days training workshop held in Lagos recently.
The minister who was represented by the acting registrar, Institute of Chartered Chemist of Nigeria (ICCON), Mrs. Fowotade Kujore said that the services of public analysts must not be ignored but made priority for optimum benefit of the general public.
Ehanire, who also said that the development of a nation is hinged on science but more importantly, on its investment on human capital, added that the solution to free the country from mono-economic slavery is the need for improved entrepreneurship, innovation and invention.
Ehanire added that the ministry will give its utmost support to see that regulated products like food, drugs, cosmetics, chemicals, medical devices, water among others will be analysed and their quality, safety, efficacy is guaranteed before they are registered.
Meanwhile, the first vice president, IPAN, Dr. Olufemi Oyediran noted that the workshop, tagged: “Entrepreneurial and innovation: Creating value beyond the laboratory environment”, is aimed at encouraging analysts to set up standard laboratories in the country that would extend focus beyond drugs and food accreditation and get involve in entrepreneurial activities that would sustain them.
However, Oyediran added that the institute will partner with some members across the state.
“We want to network with our members, pioneer the West Independent analyst so that we can reunion and get our counterparts from Ghana, Republic of Benin and other parts to come to work to make the difference.”
In his words: “We want to let them know the potentials deposited in them and explore all the opportunities that we have around them for instance, we would probably say we don’t have the money here today, but if we work hard, apply wisdom with the knowledge that we have today, we could move mountain.
“The solid materials for example, when we collect samples, some of them send it abroad for analysis. We have the like of SGS (foreigners) in Nigeria today doing the analysis. We have Nigerians impoverished by the system we find ourselves but if we can now say let us come together and see how best we can tackle and if we have the resources and facilities to do it, why should we be patronizing the foreigners that are making the money and then transfer the capital to their various countries? What are they contributing to Nigeria? We can do more.
“Some of our members are focusing on food analysis, even on the food analysis, there are a lot of issues about our food-food safety is what people talk about these days. When you talk about food safety, you talk about contamination of food and food items. If you are afraid of starting something, then you will continue to be afraid until you die.
“There are a lot of products to analyze; we have petroleum, environmental samples, soil, water, sludge and the rest of them. We also have solid minerals today, cosmetics, food, medical devices, and drugs. Many of us buy water (bottled) without knowing the source of it, knowing the quality of that bottle is the responsibility of the public analysts and if we are up and doing, or arouse the entrepreneurs in our members, I am sure they can be better than what they are today and that is what we are focusing on today.
“We want to network with our members, pioneer the West Africa Independent Analyst, so that we can a union, relate with one another if there is something we can do in Nigeria and get our counterparts from Ghana, Republic of Benin and other parts, to come together and work to make the difference.”
There are a lot of things that analysts can do outside the laboratory activities for food and drug,” he added.
Director, Department of Food and Drug Services, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), Modupe Chukwuma, added that the ministry values the importance of the workshop.
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