1 out of 3 lab technicians in Ghana does not have the licence to operate yet they are employed

1 out of 3 lab technicians in Ghana does not have the licence to operate yet they are employed

In an astounding revelation by the body that unionises laboratory technicians in Ghana, one in three practising in health facilities across Ghana are actually operating without licences.

The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) says 30% of the laboratory technicians working in health facilities across the country do not have licences to operate.

This means that 1 out of 3 of the over 5,000 technicians who conduct lab tests of whatever kind have no right to do that. Yet they have been employed by private and public health facilities.

According to a Daily Graphic report sighted by YEN.com.gh, according to Dr Ignatius A.N. Awinibuno, a survey conducted by the GAMLS in all the regions of the country in 2018 revealed that the licences of many the lab scientists, technicians or technologists had either expired or they did not have any licence at all.

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1 in 3 laboratory technicians has no licence in Ghana

1 in 3 laboratory technicians has no licence in Ghana. Photo credit: Google Images
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The survey also showed that individuals who had no academic and professional background in medical laboratory practice were performing professional roles in many private and public medical laboratories.

Dr Awinibuno made this known while interacting with journalists at the launch of a professional handbook and logbook designed by the Accra Technical University for its Medical Laboratory Science students in Accra last Thursday, April 4, 2019.

He was quoted as saying: “I can say on authority that from a little survey that we did, close to 40% [presumably, more than the 30% that was mentioned] of the about 5,000 people practising in our medical laboratories are not qualified."

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Meanwhile, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is now putting up emergency response and first aid posts on all the major highways in the country to provide immediate response to motor accident victims.

The initiative is in the process of establishing some 100 of the emergency response and first aid posts, according to the reported sighted YEN.com.gh.

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