The Ondo State Government has embarked on training of laboratory scientists at the primary health centres across the 18 local government areas of the state as part of efforts to strengthen the sector.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, inaugurated the training on Wednesday at Igbara Oke in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.
Adegbenro said the step was to ensure appropriate and accurate diagnosis needed for quality healthcare services.
He recalled that the state government recently distributed medical and laboratory equipment to primary healthcare centres in the state.
According to him, to effectively use the equipment, it has become a necessity to impact skills that will be necessary for accuracy in diagnosis which will help clinicians.
Adegbenro, who said the training, would be in phases at different levels and locations, enjoined participants to listen attentively and acquire skills that would make them more functional.
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He also urged the participants to use the equipment distributed to their centres with utmost care, adding that it cost the government so much resources.
The commissioner advised them to reciprocate the good gesture of the state government by always being at their duty posts and ensuring that they take their jobs seriously.
According to him, monitoring teams will be going round and anyone not found at his or her duty post will be shown the way out.
Earlier, Dr Francis Akanbiemu, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Development Board, said that the importance of a functional laboratory to qualitative healthcare delivery could not be over emphasised.
Akanbiemu said that there could not be effective treatment without proper diagnosis.
He said that parameters such as infrastructure, equipment and the quality of personnel are key in the sector to achieve outstanding result.
“Renovation of laboratories across the state will soon begin to complement provision of equipment and availability of personnel.
“Also, as part of the holistic approach to revitalise the sector, mothers will also be trained.
“The training will continue until primary healthcare centres become the delight of the people that were much sought after,’’ he said.
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Mr Olumide Elusoji, the Chairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, appreciated the government for the supply of medical, laboratory equipment and the training.
Elusoji, however, implored the government to continue to train and retrain the people and employ qualified hands so that the good desire for the state could be achieved.
Some of the participants, Mrs Ajibola Omowunmi and Mr Wole Adenuga, appreciated the good gesture of the state governor.