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Osagie Ehanire Minister wants health professionals to work in harmony

The Minister said inter-professional rivalry and unhealthy competition in the health sector does not augur well for the sector.

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(The Guardian)

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has called on health Professionals in the country to close ranks and work in harmony for the progress of the sector.

A statement by Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations made this known in Abuja on Wednesday

Ehanire spoke in Jos at the inauguration of projects at the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology Orientation Ceremony of graduands and students of the school

According to him, inter-professional rivalry and unhealthy competition in the health sector does not augur well for the sector.

”I take this opportunity to call your attention to the unhealthy trend bedevilling Nigeria’s health sector, which is the intense inter-professional rivalry in hospitals which is seriously affecting the health service delivery’’.

He stressed the importance of Medical Laboratory Science, describing it as an important arm of medical service delivery which goes beyond analysis of symptoms, physical examination and guess work,

The 21st century medicine , according to him, is evidence-based and relies on laboratory and radiological evidence.

”As healthcare professionals, you have the responsibility to maintain the ethics laid down by your profession, bearing in mind that accuracy and promptness of your work is what advises the physician’s decision and the wellbeing of the patient.

Ehanire said that the Federal Government had been funding the activities of the institution and would continue to do so, in spite of the challenges of limited resources.

He noted that the development of the permanent site had started and would continue until it was completed.

”It might be a phased project, but it will definitely be done, I enjoin the school to continue to prioritise activities and be prudent with funds.

”There is no room for wastage and leakage, transparency and accountability are the watchwords, with determination and commitment, great heights shall be attained,” he said.

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau assured that the legal framework for the operation of the school was before the National Assembly.

Lalong, represented by Commissioner for Health, Dr Kudeng Tangshang, said that the legislators were working relentlessly for its passage.

He said that notwithstanding the economic recession in the country, the state government would look into the infrastructure deficit the school was going through so that funds could be appropriated for it.

Also, Dr Sunday Etukudoh, the Provost of the school, said that the institution was established to be a reference point and pioneer school of
Medical Laboratory Technology Science in Nigeria and West African

Etukudoh said the school had turned out highly trained and professionally qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists distinguished for patient-centered service, and manpower needs in the healthcare delivery system.

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