By Gloria Essien
The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria has called for system strengthening to boost the health sector, as it plans to host the 55th Scientific Conference of the association.
The National Publicity Secretary of the association, Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Casmir Ifeanyi made the call at a media briefing on the forth coming 55th Scientific Conference of the association to be held in Abuja.
He said the conference would address Nigeria’s poor heath indices.
“The overall goal of this conference is to promote Global Health Security Agenda, as a veritable platform for laboratory systems strengthening and facilitate the development of actionable strategic approaches for a co-ordinated sector-wide medical laboratory systems strengthening. This is the perspective that will support the development of a robust and interconnected network of laboratories that are adequately capacitated to rapidly detect, and transparently report disease outbreaks on the continent,” he said.
He said the special conference is the modest effort of AMLSN at drawing the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria to the important worldwide issues evolving in the Global Health security agenda (GHSA).
Challenge of urbanisation
He stated that Nigerians now live with the dilemma of incessant outbreaks of cholera, meningitis, yellow fever, Lassa fever, monkey pox and other hemorrhagic fevers including influenza viral diseases.
Ifeanyi said the non-communicable diseases epidemics, including road traffic accidents (RTAs), resulting from the ravaging challenge of urbanisation, associated lifestyle and dietary challenges, which the conference would address.
“Fear and concern abound: Nigeria is considered the leading country in open defecation; the problem of water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is reverberating. Now we are contending with insurgency and terrorism. The question deserving immediate actionable response is: How prepared are we if confronted with an accidental or intentional release of dangerous pathogens and weaponized biological agents? We have declared emergencies towards addressing some of these issues but that alone is not enough. We must as a people prepare and build capacity on how best to prevent,respond,detect and manage any out breaks,” Dr. Ifeanyi said.
The Publicity Secretary also lamented that it was regrettable that many states in Nigeria would continue to experience recurrent infectious diseases outbreak.
Medical Laboratory science
The scientific conference which was expected to attract both local and international participants which would also focus on ways to improve medical Laboratory science for better health services.
The theme of the forthcoming conference tagged: “Global Health Security: the need for Medical Laboratory Agenda to be proactive through health research.”
The 55th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) comes up on the 2nd September, 2019, in Abuja.