Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria has called for equipped laboratories to professionally contain the COVID-19.
The National Secretary, Profession James Damen made the call during their northern meeting held in Kaduna.
He appealed to federal and states governments to equip their laboratories with vital machines such as real time Polymerase Chain Reaction and Molecular Biology laboratory facilities to contain COVID-19 and other epidemic.
Prof. James Damen, also called for improved recognition of medical laboratory scientists as frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“Medical laboratory scientists play key roles in containing COVID-19, medical laboratory scientists are supposed to carry out investigations on blood count to know if the patient has overcome the disease.” Prof Damen said.
Speaking on the state of Nigerian healthcare facilities, Professor James Garba said the national health infrastructure and laboratories were decayed and seriously need government’s attention.