By Kemi Olatunde
Sixty eight Medical Laboratory Technicians of the Ondo State College of Health Technology, Akure, have been inducted into the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN).
Speaking at the ceremony yesterday, Chief Executive Officer, MLSCN, Dr. Tosan Erhabor noted that the essence of the exercise is to adhere to the spirit and intent of Act 11 2003 which according to him mandates the council to determine who should be allowed to practice the profession, stating that such responsibility cannot be vitiated by the ethics of any training institutions.
He revealed that the council has ensured that MLT certificate can now be used for Direct Entry admission into 200 level in any University offering the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science programme in Nigeria.
While noting that the health sector has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, he urged the graduands to make themselves available to contribute meaningfully to the health laboratory system and health sector at large.
He encouraged them to remain focused on their chosen career path, adding that they should adhere strictly to the ethical standards which define the profession or be ready to face sanctions.
In her address, Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Health, Mrs Folukemi Aladenola commended the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for making resources available in the institution.
He thanked parents of the graduands for their unrelenting accomplishments, doggedness among others to ensure that their children attained the enviable academic height, praying that they live long to see them succeed.
She charged them to be committed to excellence in all they do, adding that they should be determined to aim higher.
Provost of the College, Dr. Felix Olawoye said the institution has prepared the inductees to be able to go into the larger medical field to prove their worth as life savers based on the quality of teaching and research they have gone through saying “we have confidence that they will surely contribute their quota in the delivery of quality health care to residents of the state and beyond.”
The occasion also featured the commissioning of a building for the School of Environmental Sciences.