CYMLS call on Prez Akufo-Addo, Health Ministry, NLC to intervene in KATH Lab scientists strike
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CYMLS call on Prez Akufo-Addo, Health Ministry, NLC to intervene in KATH Lab scientists strike

By Jerry Akornor 


Concerned Young Medical Laboratory Scientists (CYMLS) have called on President Akufo-Addo, Health Ministry and National Labour Commission to immediately intervene in resolving burning issues that led to a full-blown strike by lab professionals at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). 

Lab scientists at KATH declared an indefinite nationwide strike over Health Ministry and KATH Management's refusal to recall two Clinical Haematologists posted to the facility. 


Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions has since directed 17 allied health professions to clad in red bands to fully participate in the strike action in support of KATH Lab professionals. 


A statement signed and issued by Secretary of Concerned Young Medical laboratory Scientists MLS. Samuel Anesala and copied to Ministry of Health, National Labour Commission and Management of Kath Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory said "We would like to appeal to the office of the President, Ministry of Health, the Labour Commission, Management of KATH, National Peace Council and all other related stakeholders, to as a matter of urgency to find a lasting solution to this pressing issue before it gets out of hand". 


"We the young scientists are prepared in every sphere to defend our profession to the brim and cannot under any circumstances fold arms and watch our profession to be a subservient to any other profession. We are counting on the cooperation of the listening government and all relevant stakeholders to settling the issue amicably. Laboratory regards...!!!". 

 


Below is the press release: 


SOLIDARITY TO GAMLS AGAINST LABORATORY PHYSICIANS AT KATH


We members of the future health workforce for the above profession have observed with great concern the arising issue between the Medical Laboratory Scientists and the Medical Doctors which has sadly left the 

ordinary Ghanaian helpless in seeking health services. This same issue occurred at Korle Bu Teaching 

Hospital in the recent past with no attention from authorities. It is not, therefore, surprising that this unfortunate situation has resurfaced at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). We the youth of this profession, the future health workforce and citizens of Mother Ghana, cannot sit aloof and watch our noble 

and cherished profession be intimidated in a way that oppresses and suppresses our potentials in providing 

high standard diagnostic services to patients in this country. The root cause of this misalignment of duties can be associated with: 


a. Delay in the implementation of the Laboratory policy since 2013.


b. Deliberate effort by Physicians to suppress the Laboratory Scientists and dominate over laboratory service delivery.


c. Failure of our health system to recognize, appraise and accept the metamorphosed nature of our profession. It saddens our hearts that this issue has not received the necessary attention since day one. We the youth have also risen with keen interest in support of GAMLS for the immediate removal of Laboratory Physicians whose aim was never to promote Medical Laboratory Services but rather to overshadow our career pathway and hinder us from becoming the possible best of ourselves for better healthcare delivery. 

For the avoidance of doubt, from GCPS curricula, these are the General objectives of the residency programmes; are to develop in our trainees:


1.4.1 Skills in performing laboratory tests in the area/areas of specialization.


1.4.2 Skills in investigating and diagnosing diseases in the laboratory


1.4.3 The ability to establish and/or manage a laboratory


1.4.4 The ability to perform research


1.4.5 The ability to provide excellent and skilled oral and written communication of laboratory results and interpretations to clinicians


1.4.6 The ability to be a leader in the Medical Laboratory.


These and many more are the same roles that the professionals with Diploma, 4 years BSc, 6-year Doctor of 

Medical Laboratory Science, MSc/MPhil, Membership/Specialist, Fellowship/Consultants, PhD and Post 

Doctorate perform in the Laboratory.


We are of the stand that, we are more than capable in producing, reporting and interpreting laboratory test and heading or managing our own affairs. And that, we do not need the supervision of any 

Profession(s) in the discharge of our duties. Medical Laboratory is for Medical Laboratory Scientist and anyone interested in our profession should use appropriate means of entry since the profession is regulated by the Allied Health Professions Council as enshrined in the Health Professions Regulatory 

Bodies ACT (ACT 857). 

We would like to appeal to the office of the President, Ministry of Health, the Labour Commission, 

Management of KATH, National Peace Council and all other related stakeholders, to as a matter of urgency

to find a lasting solution to this pressing issue before it gets out of hand. We the young scientists are prepared 

in every sphere to defend our profession to the brim and cannot under any circumstances fold arms and watch 

our profession to be a subservient to any other profession. 


We are counting on the cooperation of the listening government and all relevant stakeholders to settling the issue amicably. 

Laboratory regards...!!!


Signed:


MLS. Samuel Anesala

(Secretary)


Cc: 

The Ministry of Health


National Labour Commission


Management of Kath

Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Science (GAMLS)


All Media Houses


MLS. Mohammed Latif


MLS. Ninwienaane

Matthew 


MLS. Samuel Anesala

0249991008 0543017315 0560641247


Organizer PRO Secretary.

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