As part of efforts to strengthen primary healthcare sector in the state, the Ondo State government has embarked on training of laboratory scientists at the PHCs across the 18 LGAs in the state.
While flagging off the training at Igbara–Oke, Ifedore Local Government Area, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro said to strengthen the primary healthcare sector, strengthening diagnosis is key.
Dr. Adegbenro recalled that the state government recently distributed multi-million naira worth of medical and laboratory equipments to primary health care centres in the state.
"To effectively use these these equipments , it has become a necessity to impact skills that will be necessary for accuracy in diagnosis which will help clinicians," he said.
Dr. Adegbenro enjoined them to reciprocate the good gesture of the government by being at their duty post and taking their jobs seriously.
He said monitoring teams would be going rounds and anyone not found at his or her duty post will be shown the way out.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Board, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu said the importance of a functional Laboratory to qualitative healthcare delivery can not be overemphasised as there cannot be effective treatment without proper diagnosis.
He said parameters such as infrastructure, equipment and the quality of personnel are key.
Dr. Akanbiemu added that as part of the holistic approach to revitalising the Primary healthcare sector, mothers would also be trained.
In an interview, the Chairman Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Comrade Olumide Elusoji appreciated the government for the supply of medical and laboratory equipment.
Comrade Elusoji urged government to train and retrain as well as engaged qualified hands so that their desire for the state can be achieved