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MLSCN adopts new resolutions to boost lab services

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Mr. Tosan Erhabor

Mr. Tosan Erhabor

As part of efforts to boost laboratory services and quality of test results across the country as well as to check quackery and other vices, the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) has adopted new resolutions.

Acting Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Council, Mr. Tosan Erhabor at the third stakeholders meeting, the first since he took over the mantle of leadership of the Council after the gruesome murder of late Ag Registrar/CEO, Mrs. O. F. Omotuyi, called on the stakeholders of the profession to help the Council in achieving its mandate.

The resolutions reached by the stakeholders after plenary include:
• Endorsement of MLSCN new policy implementation agenda based on the tripod of registration, regulation and accreditation to be driven by bottom to top approach (Change Approach), which includes 15 measurable cardinal points.

The cardinal points include:
• Stakeholders agitate for tamperproof security codes for the newly introduced e-license.
• MLSCN promises to promote quality and timely services to Practitioners and clients of the Council
• MLSCN pledges to boost staff welfare
• Stakeholders endorse MLSCN protocol for Inspection of Medical Laboratories in Nigeria which is aimed at positioning the Medical Laboratories to generate accurate and timely diagnosis for effective treatment and management of patients.
• Stakeholders agreed to help MLSCN to avail good and affordable Medical laboratory services to the citizenry.
• Stakeholders charge MLSCN staff on positive attitudinal change towards their work while urging the Acting Registrar to train staff on customer relations skills.
• Stakeholders sanction MLSCN’s bid to review academic and professional training curricula for training institutions in line with global best practice.
• Stakeholders support MLSCN’s move to strengthen activities at zonal and state offices to provide better services to the practitioners and other stakeholders across Nigeria

• Management of MLSCN and Stakeholders congratulate the new NUC Executive Secretary and looked forward to establishing a robust working relationship with the commission.
•Stakeholders promises to standby MLSCN in her collaboration with relevant agencies to tackle challenges facing internship programmes across the country.
• Stakeholders approve MLSCN quest to include Medical Micro Biology in local slides and panel production.
• Stakeholders vouch to support MLSCN and relevant agencies in unveiling the culprits behind the assassination of the former Acting Registrar, Late Mrs. O. F. Omotuyi
• Stakeholders approves Council’s strive to boost research projects
• Stakeholders mandates MLSCN to tackle fraudsters in certificate and license forgery.
• Stakeholders stand by MLSCN in her fight to eradicate quackery.
• Stakeholders and MLSCN set to partner with all relevant MDAs and other stakeholders to achieve full implementation of Invitro Diagnostic Laboratory IVD mandate.

Erhabor informed stakeholders that the meeting was called to present the protocol for inspection of medical laboratories in Nigeria as resolved during the stakeholders meeting in May 2016, and also to present the tripod of his change administration. Erhabor said blueprint on how to improve the fortunes of MLSCN is “a policy strategy for implementation hinged on tripartite agenda of Registration, Regulation, and Accreditation driven by 15 measurable Cardinal points.”

Erhabor told the gathering that his administration has already kick started its bottom –up approach in order to deviate from the norms which has given the Council a bad name in the past and key into the change mantra of the present administration of President Muhammed Buhari by flagging off the E-licensing for members in collaboration with Human Resource Management Software (IHRIS) with effect from August 1, 2016. With this, he said, “Members in good standing can now print their 2016 license in the comfort of their homes and offices.” The procedure, he said, has been hoisted on the Council website www.mlscn.gov.ng. This, Erhabor observed, “will go a long way in removing the bottleneck experienced by members in their quest to obtain their annual license to practice”.

He intimated the house that a workshop aimed at re-orientating the staff on the change sweeping across the Council had earlier been organized to make sure they key into this mantra and have attitudinal change towards their job so as to render “qualitative service to the members of the Council, its publics and stake holders”.

He thanked the elders for their support during the trying period of the Council, which he tagged “the dark days, a period that will always bring bad memories in the history of the Council.” He regretted the unfortunate incident by lamenting, “If not the evil murderer she would have been in her home savoring her terminal leave in the midst of family and friends and I will still be sitting here as the Acting Registrar/CEO being the most senior officer in the Council.” Erhabor prayed for the repose of her soul and asserted his management’s commitment in making sure the perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to book by collaborating with the Security agents.

The former Chairman Board of Council, Prof Dennis Agbonlahor, who was the Chairman at the meeting, applauded the new management under Mr. Tosan Erhabor for the peace that has permeated the Council since the inception of his administration after the murder of a woman he described as “a martyr of the profession,” Late Mrs O. F Omotuyi, and promised that the elders of the Council will continue to support the management in its quest to achieve its mandate.

The stakeholders meeting which was streamed live on YouTube, had in attendance two former Board Chairmen, Current President and four former Presidents of the Association, Executive of the Association both present and past, State Chairmen of the Association, Professionals in the academia, Elders and members of the Council, the Acting Registrar/CEO and his management team.


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