National President, Association of Pathologists of Nigeria (ASSOPON), Dr Kenneth Iregbu, has called on the Federal Government to reposition clinical laboratories in the country for an efficient and reliable healthcare delivery, adding that quality healthcare won’t be possible without the active involvement of laboratory medicine.
Iregbu, making this call during the ASSOPON scientific conference 2012 in Abuja, said: “Nigerians cannot be going to India, America, for simple diagnosis that can be done here. We can’t keep flocking into foreign countries for things as simple as diagnosis because our confidence in the country’s laboratory system is weak.”
Meanwhile, the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said that government is making frantic efforts to ensure that the laboratories are properly positioned.
The minister, who was represented by the Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Ahmadu Banye, said: “Government’s efforts should be beamed on re-equipping laboratories to provide fantastic world-class medical equipment to ensure that they cope with growing needs as well as training staff to ensure that what is provided is utilised.”