Move quickly to implement national laboratory policy – GABMLS


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The Ghana Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists (GABMLS) has called for the government to move quickly to implement the national health laboratory policy.

By
Josephine Nyarkoh/Fawzia Seidu, GNA

Kumasi, Aug 17, GNA
– The Ghana Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists (GABMLS) has called
for the government to move quickly to implement the national health laboratory
policy.

Mr. Dennis
Adu-Gyasi, its Public Relations Officer, said this was critical to raise the
quality of laboratory science practice to meet international health standards.

He said the
association found it deeply worrying the feet dragging by the Health Ministry
on the implementation of the policy – developed through the support of the
United States (US) Government in year 2013.

It is meant to guide
laboratory scientists in their operations to achieve quality service delivery
and strengthen laboratory research.

Mr. Adu-Gyasi, who
spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, said the policy could no longer
wait.

He indicated that
its absence was stalling and depriving their members of privileges enjoyed by
other health professionals.

They have no grounds
to bargain for better conditions of services and sidelined when it comes to
taking decisions affecting healthcare services.

He also complained
about the lack of a mechanism to monitor and evaluate their output and said
these were some of the things the policy would help to correct.

Again, Mr. Adu-Gyasi
said it was important to look at the organizational and administrative
structures of the hospitals to make sure that the laboratory department was
headed by a professional laboratory scientist and not doctors.

There were more
qualified laboratory scientists out there to lead and bring efficiency into the
operation of the laboratories, he added.

GNA


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