By: Jerry Akornor/www.africanakua.com,Ghana.
Dr. Abu Abudu Rahamani has been elected as President of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) after he polled 65% against his only competitor MLS Franklin Nii Amartey Armah who garnered 35% of the total votes cast. Dr. Abudu Abu Rahamani takes over from Dr. Ignatius N. A Awinibuno.
The rests of the new executives are second-time Vice President MLS Robert K. Adedze-Kpodo who polled 99% of the total votes, General Secretary MLS Solomon Dzidzornu Kwashie and Financial Secretary Jennifer Adoley Annan Baffoe.
Speaking after the 2020 Annual National and Electoral Congress of the GAMLS in Takoradi, the former Vice President of the association, Dr. Abu Rahamani, pledged to work with all and sundry to the advancement of GAML.
“I thank GAMLS Members, my team, EC, Franklin Nii Amartey Armah, I believe that members will expect the policies we campaigned on, we are going to work with together for the benefits of GAMLS”, he told Africa Nakua.
Meanwhile, the out-going President of GAMLS Dr. Ignatius N. A Awinibuno has commended the Akufo-Addo-led government for the directive to construct 88 new hospitals across various districts in the country, as well as the international and private partners for building Ghana Infectious Disease Centre (GIDC). This according to him, “will improve the medical diagnostic and research capacity of Ghana pertaining to infectious diseases as a quick response to the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana”.
GAMLS has also lauded government for granting clearances to 3456 allied health professionals including 1700 medical laboratory professionals who will be posted later this year.
Dr. Awinibuno told Africa Nakua’s Jerry Akornor that “This is the first of its kind in recent times and should be sustained for graduates in the following years. Building the self- reliant Human Resource is a crucial step in achieving self-reliance for this country”.
Some members of GAMLS were awarded for having distinguished themselves in the medical lab field. They are Dr. Lawrence Quaye, Dean of University of Development Studies’ School of Allied Health Sciences Prof. Nafiu Amidu, Prof. Gabriel Ayumu Tei and others.
In a related development, Togolese and Ghana Association of Medical laboratory Scientists has signed a memorandum of understanding to devise best ways to improve medical laboratory practices among professionals in the two countries.