The association of the Medical Lab Science in Ghana Researchers (GAMLS), has express its thankfulness to the National Democratic Congress.
The association’s gratefulness comes from the party’s choice to develop a Medical Laboratory Scientific Research Council (MLSC) to regulate the profession in Ghana– a proposal that has been on the table since 1973.
The establishment of a Medical Lab Scientific Research Council was caught in the National Democratic Congress (NDC’s) People’s Manifesto, which was released on Monday, September 7th 2020.
According to the GAMLS, it thinks having the Council in position is the only means to make sure that Ghanaians benefit most from the services that Medical Laboratory Scientific research Professionals provide in the country’s health care shipment system.
The professional body also complimented the NDC for its plans to develop two National Contagious Disease Centres and to establish strategies to minimize the price of healthcare by promoting regional production of pharmaceuticals, medical gadgets as well as diagnostic test packages.
Here is the full statement:
GHANA ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTISTS
GAMLS APPLAUDS THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC)
PARTY ON MANIFESTO PROMISE TO SET UP A MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE COUNCIL
The sole professional body for the practice of Medical Laboratory Science in Ghana, the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS), has welcomed the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s Manifesto promise to establish a Medical Laboratory Science Council in Ghana, when it comes to power.
GAMLS wishes to express its gratitude to the major opposition party for recognizing the need for the establishment of a Medical Laboratory Science Council (MLSC) to regulate the practice of the profession in Ghana- a proposal that has been on the table since 1973.
The Professional Association believes, having the Council in place is the only way to ensure that Ghanaians benefit most from the services that Medical Laboratory Science Professionals provide in the country’s healthcare delivery system.
An MLSC will offer the required independence, as suggested and presented in the Scheme of service developed for Health laboratory services by the Head of Civil Service as far back as 1989 when Dr. (Mrs.) Mary Grant was the Deputy Secretary for Health under the PNDC (OHCS HLS/Est.-48). This initiative is also in sync with international best practice.
The need for a Council to govern the practice and operations of the sector has been a source of agitation among medical laboratory scientists and for which GAMLS has embarked on industrial actions in recent times. Therefore, we welcome the creation of a Medical Laboratory Science Council.
The professional body also commends the NDC Party for its plans to establish two National Infectious Disease Centres and to develop strategies to reduce the cost of health care by promoting local production of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostic test kits.
On page 64 (Section 7.1.3) of the NDC Manifesto titled: Jobs, Prosperity and More: The People’s Manifesto, 2021-2025, launched last week, the Party promised, among other plans for the health sector, that it will establish a Medical Laboratory Science Council should the party win the 2020 National Elections.
GAMLS wishes the NDC Party well.
Dr. Dennis Adu-Gyasi, FWAPCMLS (Immunol)
GAMLS, PUBLIC RELATIONS, 10th September 2020
Source: Ghana Waves