The Haematology and Blood Transfusion Scientists Society of Nigeria (HBTSSN) has advocated for a global health initiative in haematology and blood transfusion to enhance the well-being of citizens.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Erhabor Amos, made the call at the HBTSSN FCT and Northern Region Workshop/ Seminar Training Courses in Haematology and Blood Transfusion, in Abuja.
The theme of the workshop was: Optimising Diagnosis of Haematologic Disorders by Peripheral and Bone Marrow Assessments in the Era of Automation.
Amos said that the global health initiative would help showcase commitment and contribution towards the well-being of the community such as those dedicated to blood disorders, sickle cell and haemophilia, among others.
He stated that it was important for haematologists and scientists to seek competency and personnel certification in a continuous medical laboratory science education, as the world of medicine, science and technology was becoming increasingly boundless.
“The workshop is aimed at sharpening and updating our skills and knowledge in assessment of peripheral and bone marrow reports, as some haematological disorder diagnoses still solely depends on professional skills in this era of automation.
It is vital that members of the society and selfless professionals contribute their quotas towards the search for effective and seamless solutions in diagnosing blood related ailments and helping to ensure the wellbeing of citizens,’’ he added.
The President of HBTSSN, Professor Zaccheaus Jeremiah, said the workshop was aimed at encouraging the exchange of knowledge among haematology and blood transfusion scientists on the theory and practice of haematology and blood transfusion.
Jeremiah said the workshop would serve as a platform to bring members of the profession back to the basics.
He said that it would also help in creating the awareness and consciousness that the era of automation cannot take the place of professionalism.
The FCT Regional Councillor, HBTSSN, Dr Yashim Andrew, said one of the mandates of the association was to keep members informed and updated in scientific community through seminal and conferences.
Andrew added that the training would in turn strengthen the development and management of patients with haematological problems and ways to solve problems in haematology and blood transfusion.