By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS) said it has concluded arrangements for the Induction/Investiture of Foundation Fellows and the 2020 Annual Congress of the College on Friday 21st.
Speaking while briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja about the upcoming event, Dr. Godswill C. Okara, Chairman, Steering Board WAPCMLS said the program which will take place at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos will last on the 23rd of February 2020.
Dr. Okara said the congress will feature the induction and investiture of two hundred foundation Fellows of the College drawn form Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’ivoire, Liberia, The Gambia, Togo and Cameroon.
“Also in keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013, other member countries of the ECOWAS will join the College whenever they are ready to do so.”
He said “the Board is aimed at providing a platform for human capacity building in our profession within the ECOWAS region.”
He said the programme Which will be themed; “Role of Medical laboratory Professionals in the successful Implementation of Universal Health Coverage in the ECOWAS Region”, will also equip members with new ideas in the field.
“The keynote address on the theme would be delivered by the Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Professor Stanley Okolo, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire will declare the Congress open.
He said the College which has its Headquarters domiciled in Nigeria provides the platform for harmonizing the development of medical laboratory human capacity through hospital and industry-based post university training within the ECOWAS region.
“This will guarantee the provision of the required quantity, quality and variety of medical laboratory specialists to strengthen the diagnostic capabilities of our healthcare system in the region.The prompt identification and accurate diagnosis of disease-causing agents is a prerequisite for their prevention, treatment and control.
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He said “the College is poised to change the narrative of unduly long delay in identifying the causative agents of diseases in our region, by ensuring that the complement of specialists needed in our region is available.
“We call on all members of the health fraternity to join hands with us in the College for the realization of the goal of synergy, collaboration and efficient service delivery in the West African region. The College will roll out a well-coordinated and integrated training curriculum and programme across the region to develop the required corps of specialists and experts in all the sub-disciplines of the profession.”