By: Jerry Akornor/www.africanakua.com, Ghana
The Dean of the University of Development Studies’ School of Allied Health Sciences in Tamale, Prof. Nafiu Amidu has called on government to immediately establish more state-of-the-art Laboratories for UDS to increase enrolment of students in Doctor of Optometry and Doctor of Medical Laboratory Science programmes.
According to him, the demand by both foreign and local students from KNUST and UCC to pursue Doctor of Optometry and Doctor of Medical Laboratory Science programmes requires urgent setting up of additional state-of-the-art facilities to scale up enrolment.
Doctor of Medical Laboratory Science is a curriculum developed by West African Health Organizations to harmonise curriculum of medical laboratory training within the sub- region. UDS is the first university in West Africa to implement this six-year curriculum started in 2013.
Speaking on the sidelines of induction and oath swearing ceremony in Accra, the West Africa Post-Graduate of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Nigeria-Abuja President Prof. Nafiu Amidu said “Because UDS is the only university running this programme in West Africa, we’re receiving a lot of requests from the sub region where people want to come for training. Already completed 200 B.Sc students from Nigeria want to come for top-up and even Ghanaian students. Demand is very high and we call on the government to immediately help us to build capacity in terms of state-of-the-art science laboratories”, he said.
57 Doctors of Optometry from UCC, KNUST and 113 Doctors of Medical Laboratory Science from UDS totaling 170 were inducted by Allied Health Professions Council.
Prof. Nafiu Amidu said “COVID-19 requires that more lab scientist are supposed to be at the forefront and we need ultramodern medical lab”.
Meanwhile, a Board Member of Allied Health Professions Council, Dr. Prince S. Amuzu, has expressed confidence that “induction of 170 doctors will bring efficient, optimal services into the heath sector and improve doctors to patients ratio in Ghana”.
According to the Akatsi North District Chief Executive, Dr. Amuzu “data and science are key in COVID-19 era, decisions are made based on data and science, and medical lab science is crucial”.
But, Class President for 2020 UDS Doctor of Medical laboratory Science Graduating Class, Dr. Bright Owusu Ansah wants President Akufo-Addo to implement national laboratory policy to pave way for establishment of Medical Laboratory Council in Ghana.