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Medical lab scientists make case for improved life expectancy

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Medical lab scientists make case for improved life expectancy

By Solaade Ayo-Aderele

Four years to the actualisation of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, experts have expressed the need to reexamine the problem of dwindling life expectancy in Nigeria, with the aim of arresting the trend and doing all that is medically possible to improve the same.

“This will be our focus as intellectuals and medical experts converge on Makurdi, Benue State, for the 47th annual scientific conference and general meeting of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria,” the President of AMLSN, Mr. Manason Rubainu, has said.

The MDGs are eight international development goals that all 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organisations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015.

They include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development.

Goals 4 and 5 are geared towards the reduction of child mortality, which currently stands at 75 deaths per 1,000 live births; and improving maternal health in Nigeria.

“The four-day event will witness cross fertilisation of ideas on factors affecting the life expectancy of Nigerians and health delivery, in line with the Millennium Development Goals.

“Organisations can make a significant contribution to achieving the MDGs through their procurement choices; and that is what the AMLSN aims to achieve with this decisive conference,” Rubainu said.

Continuing, he said, “AMLSN is committed to ensuring global standards in medical laboratory services in the country. The health sector is very important and strategic in national development. We acknowledge the enormity of the challenges facing medical laboratory scientists in the sector and we are mobilising all our resources to make the desired impact.

“We are major stakeholders in the health sector and we shall continue to work hard to achieve high standards. The topics for this event were carefully chosen to evoke intellectual contributions, which will, at the end, assist in the formulation of policies for better health delivery in Nigeria.”

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. James Epoke, is expected to lead the discourse on the “Challenges of dwindling life expectancy in Nigeria;” Dr. Aniete E. Moses of University of Uyo and the First Vice President of AMLSN, Dr. Okara will speak on the “Impact of globalisation/urbanisation on disease emergence and persistence;” while the Senate President David Mark will be special guest of honour, among many other dignitaries. - Nigerian news, Health & Beauty news, naija, Nigeria, West Africa

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