The Federal Government has pledged to support any group of medical professionals willing to contribute positively to improve healthcare services in the country.
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, made the promise at the induction of 45 foreign graduates of Medical Laboratory Science by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) in Abuja.
The foreign trained scientists were successful at the seven months pre-qualification training and examination conducted by MLSCN that would enable them practice within the country.
Adewole, who was represented by Dr Joseph Amedu, the Director, Hospital Services at the ministry, noted that there was need to bring in creative interventions for improvement of healthcare delivery.
He emphasised that such interventions would reduce medical tourism and improve the health and well-being of the citizens.
Adewole while congratulating the inductees for the rigorous journey to attain the height, however encouraged them to stand out among their peers by continuously improving their knowledge base.
“We are in the right season for professionals to contribute to improving healthcare through research. So, I encourage you all to take giant leap and launch out into your professional life.
You are expected to bring progress and professional excellence to the health sector and I am optimistic that you will not only bring honour to yourself but your profession and country,” he said.
Adewole charged the inductees to be mindful of their primary responsibility to patients, professional colleagues as well as other professional groups in the health sector.
The minister, who identified patients’ wellbeing as the priority of any health professionals, however urged the scientists to explore positive practices like quality test results that would ensure improved health care delivery.
Such practices, according to him, would further make the nation’s health system a hub of medical excellence.
Adewole explained that the induction marked an important step in career growth of graduate of any profession.
He specifically noted that the ceremony was an indication that the inductees have fulfilled the necessary requirements in terms of training and character to enable them practice in the country.
Similarly, Dr Sunday Etukudo, Provost, Federal School of Medical Laboratory and Technology, Jos, tasked the inductees on quality services and sustain the goals and development of the profession.
He however advised them against cutting corners in the quest for wealth thereby denying patients their rights to quality healthcare services.
The provost further urged them to seek knowledge at all times, uphold integrity, discipline and abide by the ethics of the profession.