African Society for Laboratory Medicine Expresses Willingness to Collaborate with MLSCN

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine(ASLM) has expressed willingness to collaborate with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) to strengthen the latter’s regulatory activities while providing mentorship support to other countries in the African region in regulatory functions.

This was part of the highlights of ASLM Conference seminar in South Africa with the theme “Strengthening Laboratory Professional Associations of the Africa Region to support development of the Laboratory Profession in Africa”. During the event, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) and Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) made presentations on the Topic “Regulation of Laboratory Profession: The Role of Regulatory Agencies/Councils Represented by Dr. Osaretin Agbonlahor, an Assistant Director in charge of the Public Health Laboratory, MLSCN’s presentation gave insight into its robust structure and mandate as a frontline regulatory agency. The presentation was not only appreciated by regional stakeholders, but it also attracted the attention of ASLM, which following up by expressing the desire to collaborate with the Council.

Meanwhile, in an audacious bid to bolster the medical laboratory profession in Africa, the ASLM also unveiled the Regional Laboratory Professional Association. The aim is to drive the reshaping of the laboratory profession to effectively contribute to Universal Health Coverage.

Reacting to the ASLM’s expression of interest in collaborating with MLSCN, the Registrar/CEO, Dr.Tosan Erhabor welcomed the idea and thanked Society for the overture, which he described as an acknowledgment of the modest accomplishments of Council and a vote of confidence in its capacity to do more.