Views: 477 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, Sept 5, 2019, Sun, 9:45am The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists has demanded implementation of...
Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, Sept 5, 2019, Sun, 9:45am
The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists has demanded implementation of its policy document from the Ministry of Health.
“The healthcare system in the country is still fragile and there is urgent need to strengthen the laboratories otherwise it is a time-bomb”, demanded, the President of the Association, Dr. Ignatius Awinibuno.
According to the President, in 2010, a draft policy for the sub-sector was completed, but later the process grinded to a halt.
And in 2014, with over 20 committee meetings, the draft policy document was completed by a team from the MOH, it was redirected and this time it was supported by the USA government with 1.5 Million Dollars for the implementation process.
But, “from nowhere that we know, another letter came to withdraw the policy document and the Minister then and successive ones never mentioned it with us again.”
He went on, it had been six years down the line and the document was still gathering dust in a shelf somewhere only the ministry should know.
When asked, he said there were laws governing the sub-sector, but those were scattered and uncoordinated. Also there was no data for the system, and quack laboratory technicians had ceased the opportunity to dominate the sector.
He said it took three years for the assessment and the survey analysis in over 20 committee meetings with the then Minister of Health, Shirley Aryitey to prepare the document only for it to be shelf without any reason.
Otherwise, he said the policy document if implemented could address all difficulties facing the professional association today including sustainable funding of laboratory systems.
He said currently there were no logistics in most of the labs in the country because there were no funds to purchase some and old systems had not been paid for, and their suppliers were stressed up.
He said equipped laboratories were crucial in the event of Ebola breakout, and also in Ghana with the recent DNA test on remains to confirm the fate of the threeTakoradi girls.
He said for now BUSAG was offering an advocacy help and their external auditors were setting up a road map for baseline report on true state of laboratories in the country.
A Consultant for the sub-sector from Smile Ghana, Alhassan Unus reiterated that it has been six years down the line and implementation of the policy document continued to be a problem, and the laboratories continue to deteriorate.
“You cannot give effective treatment without laboratory test.”
He said the predominant inadequate laboratories were mostly resulting into inaccurate diagnosis and poor patient treatments.