By Sade Adewale, Ondo
The Registrar/Secretary-General of West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science, Dr. Godswill C. Okara has charged the first Medical Laboratory Science inductees to work as a team with other healthcare professionals in order to unlock important medical information that is pivotal to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
Okara stated this at the first Medical Laboratory Science induction ceremony held at University Auditorium, Odosida campus, Ondo city.
He described Medical Laboratory Science as the practice involving the analysis of human or animal tissues, body fluids, excretions, production of biologicals, design and fabrication of equipment for the purpose of medical laboratory diagnosis, treatment and research.
According to him, “there is no reason we should not work harmoniously with physicians, pathologists, surgeons, physiotherapists, radiographers, dieticians and nurses in the overall interest of the patient.
“The relationship and roles should be complementary to each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect and reciprocity,” Okara added.
He noted that Laboratory investigations play an indispensable role in the early detection and accurate diagnosis of disease, monitoring of treatment, disease surveillance and prevention.
According to him, modern healthcare practice is a multidisciplinary endeavour involving many professions and professionals. It has grown beyond the scope, training and competence of any single profession. The introduction of science into medical practice stopped hunches, intuition and guesses in the art of medicine.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi enjoined the inductees to be of good character and demonstrate good leadership.