By Samuel Ita, Calabar

 

Members of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) have urged the Federal Government to institute a system for screening pregnant women in Nigeria for the dreaded Sika Virus.

Lassa fever: Lab scientists canvass screening of pregnant women

By Samuel Ita, Calabar

 

Members of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) have urged the Federal Government to institute a system for screening pregnant women in Nigeria for the dreaded Sika Virus.

 

According to the association, the call becomes pertinent in the light of the information from WHO that Zika is rapidly spreading to other countries of the world.

 

The call form a part of a 13-point communiqué issued at the end of the association’s 193rd National Executive Council Meeting/Annual Public Health Lecture in Calabar on Monday.

 

In the communiqué signed by the National President, Alhaji Toyosi Raheem and National Secretary, Dr Surajudeen Junaid they lauded the decision of the Federal Government to establish diagnostic centres in 14 states of federation.

 

 They also called on the government to ensure that Bio-Safety Level 4 laboratories are established in each geopolitical zone of the country to check the disease.

 

 

 

The medical laboratory scientists also called on government at all levels to constitute active surveillance team that will ensure holistic surveillance at all times to detect early warning signs of disease outbreaks to avoid health emergencies that may impact gravely on innocent Nigerians.

 

The communiqué read in part, “NEC commends the health professionals in Nigeria for rising to the occasion any time duty calls in spite of challenges of updated skills, outdated equipment and below standard facilities of diagnosis and treatment.

 

“NEC however reminds health professionals to ensure the proper and regular use of Personal Protective Equipment and world best practices in the discharge of their duties as they need to first remain alive to keep others alive in the face of dreaded epidemics.”

Facebook Comments

Check Also

Osun free train carry passengers to Osogbo

Indigenes and non-indigenes of Osun boarding the free train ride provided by Governor Aregbesola’s administration ...

Fraud Alert: Late APC Guber Aspirant, Rotimi Obadofin signs Melaye’s recall register 

By Maxwell ADELEYE As the recall process of the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye ...