Health workers, particularly laboratory technicians in the country on Wednesday April 26, 2017 commenced the celebration of the 3rd Annual Medical Laboratory Professionals’ week in Monrovia under the theme “Highlighting Medical Diagnostics in Liberia” The ongoing program, which is currently taking place at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor, comprises local and international scientists including the 2016 National Orator, Dougbeh Chris Nyan, M.D, Biomedical Scientist.
In her keynote address, Assistant Health Minister for Curative Services, Mrs. Catherine Cooper, appreciated efforts by partners in building the competencies of the laboratory staff who will boost the laboratory capacities of the country. She further indicated that the country has a national laboratory strategic plan and is proud to run five public health laboratories which are well equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and are fully staffed with Liberian nationals. The Assistant Health Minister expressed her gratitude to Africabio, WHO for the continued partnership and support to strengthening laboratory services in the country. “We know that this event is an annual one and we want to congratulate all medical laboratory technicians in this week for the remarkable job that they continue to perform within our health system,” she said. “At time, when laboratory test constitute more than 70% of the decision made in the hospitals, laboratory professionals play increasingly importantly role into the health care systems. There are crucial to improving health care quality and continuing the care generally of our health system,” she added. According to her, medical laboratory professionals play an important role in saving life, so it is not only the doctors and the nurses, but the laboratory professionals also have a key role in saving lives of patients. Results from the laboratory tests, she said, provide objective information on the functioning of the human body, so that patients can be properly diagnosed, treated and monitored. “The test allows the physician to meet the individual needs of the patients and improve the quality of care. Clinical laboratory test enables physicians and patients identify diseases to begin treatment earlier than ever before,” Minister Cooper said. Also speaking at the program, the Mayor of Monrovia City Corporation, Mrs. Clara Doe Mvogo, underscored the important role laboratory services play in the functionality of a health care delivery system. The conference was organized by AFRICABIO Enterprises Inc, and sponsored by World Health Organization (WHO). Other co-sponsors included the National Oil Company of Liberia, ExxonMobil, Oragon, MedSsytem, Global Fund, and Clinton Health Access Initiative, Union Maritime Commerciale Corporation (UMARCO), as well as the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company.