Kogi Commissioner for Health hails Lab scientists, Promises to make the body a Directorate By Grace Ben Kato

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Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Zakari Usman, has commended the state Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS), for their important role in ensuring a better health delivery system in the state.

Dr Zakari, stated this, when members of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Kogi State branch paid him a courtesy visit in his office today.

The Commissioner, who identified with the challenges of the association, promised to put all machineries in place to ensure the creation of Directorate of Medical Laboratory Services.

According to him, the state and the association will gain a lot if a Directorate is put it in place.

He promised to look into the challenges faced by the association, even as he assured them of Governments continued support.

Speaking earlier, the State Chairman of the Association, Mr Baba Opisa, took time to eulogise and applaud the Commissioner for his contribution to the health sector in the state since 2013.

The purpose of their visit, he added, was to congratulate the Commissioner on his recent appointment as the state Commissioner for Health.

He highlighted the non – availability of the Directorate of Medical Laboratory Services, implementation of 100% CONHESS for its members and employment of more Medical Laboratory Scientists in the public Health service.

Other issues raised by the Chairman that formed the basis for discussion, were inclusion of MLS in training programs organised by the state Ministry of Health, upward review of salaries of MLS that are not given the right entry point and quack practice among some hospitals.

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