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COVID-19: YMLSF offers 30,000 members to support testing in Nigeria

The Young Medical Laboratory Scientists Forum (YMLSF) on Wednesday said it was ready to deploy its 30,000 members across Nigeria to support the nation in testing for the novel coronavirus.

A statement jointly signed by National President and National Secretary of the group, MLS Isomah Chiladi Jeff and MLS Ediale Solomon respectively, and made available to Gado Press said the decision became imperative following recent claim that there were only two medical laboratory scientists in the country “who are expert in molecular testing.”

YMLSF debunked and expressed shock over the claim which was allegedly credited to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at a meeting of the House leadership with Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and Olorunnimbe Mamora.

House leadership met with the Ministers of Health in Abuja recently over plans to contain coronavirus

“This has left our members perplexed as to the source and intention of the claim. The source of this statistic is not only wrong but also adversely deleterious to the medical laboratory human resource management which is very cardinal at precarious times like this. 

“With the plethora of challenges in containing COVID-19 in Nigeria, it should interest you to know that diagnostic man power is completely out of this bracket as there are more adequately trained medical laboratory scientists who are resource persons in molecular testing as evidenced in the compiled list of Nigerian experts sent to NCDC by Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria(AMLSN),” the group stated.

While appreciating the efforts of health workers, government and other partners in defeating the pandemic, the association said the federal lawmakers would have knowledge of the level of expertise of medical laboratory scientists in the country better if they could embark on a tour to assess the level of preparedness from the medical laboratory experts across facilities.

“But considering the pandemic and complete lockdown by federal government, it will be our opinion that you kindly verify the facts from the appropriate authority/regulatory body (medical laboratory science council of Nigeria) established by the Act of the honorable chambers.

It added: “Laboratory Management as enshrined in our curriculum entails setting up any sort of medical or molecular laboratory, managing the laboratory and production of reliable and quality results for patient management and this we shall uphold to the people of Nigeria. 

“However, these laboratories though equipped with sophisticated and contemporary equipment needs upscaling and putting in use to keep tabs with the insidious nature of this pandemic. This is the norm as it is in sync with the tenets of Laboratory Quality Management System regarding equipment purchase and installation and manpower.”

“YMLSF which is a body of young medical laboratory scientists in Nigeria with over 30,000 members scattered all over Nigeria wants to reassure the Federal Government and the good people of Nigeria that we are ever ready to make our human resource available for testing to fight this pandemic. We also wish to commend all the medical and health professionals, especially all Medical Laboratory Scientists who are in front line in the fight against COVID 19.

“We assure you that the labor for your dear nation Nigeria is never in vain.”

YMLSF position comes as the nation’s coronavirus cases jumped to 254 cases Tuesday night.

There are already six deaths while 44 patients have already been discharged from treatment centres.

At the time of filing this report (3pm Wednesday) there are 1,446,242 cases of the disease, globally; 308,146 persons with it have recovered after treatment and 83,424 deaths have been recorded from the pandemic, globally.

 The United States had a record deaths of 1850 p from the virus on Tuesday.

Nations with leading deaths are: Italy:17,127; Spain, 14,045; USA 12,854; France, 10, 328; UK, 6,159; Iran, 38872; and China where the virus was first recorded in December 2018 has 3,333 at the time of filing this report.

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