Laboratory technicians in the country on have ended the 3rd Annual Medical Laboratory Professionals’ week in Monrovia.
The celebration was held under the theme, “Highlighting Medical Diagnostics in Liberia.”
Events marking the ongoing celebration include panel discussions, concurrent workshops that examined different thematic areas and included exhibitions.
The conference brought together local and international scientists including the 2016 National Orator, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, a biomedical scientist and expert in Infectious Diseases, based in the USA.
Participants were expected to learn networking and solutions that would create basic building blocks in Liberia’s laboratory environment.
Madame Clara Doe Mvogo, Mayor of Monrovia, underscored the important role laboratory services play in functional healthcare delivery systems. She used the occasion to appreciate the efforts of Madame Candice Eastman, organizer of the event and Chief Executive Officer of Africabio Enterprises, Incorporated.
Madame Catherine Cooper, Assistant Health Minister for Curative Services, who delivered the keynote address, lauded the efforts made by partners in building the competencies of the laboratory staff, who will boost the laboratory’s capacities. She spoke of plans the country has regarding national laboratories, for which she expressed gratitude to run five well-equipped public health laboratories with the latest state of the art equipment.
Minister Cooper also expressed her gratefulness to Africabio and WHO for their continued partnerships and supports to strengthening laboratory services in the country. She lauded the laboratory technicians, who she described as crucial partners to the improvement of quality healthcare.
According to her, medical laboratory professionals play important roles in saving life alongside doctors and nurses.
She also said that the results from the tests they conduct provide objective information on the functioning of the human body so that patients can be diagnosed, treated, and monitored as quickly as possible.
“Clinical laboratory tests enable physicians and patients identify diseases and to begin treatment earlier than ever before,” said Minister Cooper.
The conference is organized by Africabio Enterprises Incorporated, in partnership with the WHO.
Co-sponsors include the National Oil Company of Liberia, ExxonMobil, Oragon, Medsytem, Global Fund, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Union Maritime Commerciale Corporation, and the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company.