Thursday 25th August, 2016
Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Aug 25, GNA – The Medical Scientists
Society of Ghana (MGSS) is calling for the government to come out with a policy
to properly regulate and guide the practice of its members.
It expressed deep worry over the prevailing
situation where the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) was refusing to
register and license biochemists, biological scientists, chemists and science
laboratory and technologists in clinical and medical science.
A statement issued by the society and signed
by its President, Mr. Elisha Nketia-Larbi, in Kumasi, a copy of which was made
available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said this was completely unacceptable
and unhelpful to quality healthcare delivery.
It underlined the critical role members of
the society had been playing in both preventive and curative medicine through
laboratory services and said there was an urgent need for a law to regularize
That, the statement indicated, was the way
forward to end the present state of affairs, where their members were barred
from being employed by the Ghana Health service (GHS) and related health
facilities because they “are not licensed to practice”.
“The society is of the humble opinion that
since our members are equally qualified, there should be no reason to prevent
us from being registered and employed by the GHS and related agencies.”
The statement noted that the “majority of
hospital laboratories have clinical biochemistry and microbiology, as well as
other specialized activities” that required the services of medical scientists.
They had been providing diagnostic expert
advice for the management of patients with biochemical abnormalities and should
not continue to be shabbily treated by anybody.