Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists applauds the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on a manifesto promise to set up a medical laboratory science council.
In a letter issued by Dr. Dennis Adu-Gyasi, the Public Relations for GAMLS read:
“GAMLS wishes to express it’s 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 as 1987 when Dr (Mrs) Mary Grant was the Deputy Secretary for Health under the PNDC. This initiative is also in sync with international best practices.
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 what 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 healthcare by promoting local production of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostic test kits.”