The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria has warned that Nigerians to watch out for the outbreaks of Cholera and Meningitis even as the country is still battling with the plague of Lassa fever.
The AMLSN which issued the warning last weekend, lamented that it was obvious with the outbreak of Lassa fever that Nigeria was not doing much to make the health system virile to tackle preventable diseases.
Speaking at an event, the National Publicity Secretary, AMLSN, Dr. Casmier Ifeanyi said five laboratories were not enough to cater for over 200 million people at risk of Lassa fever.
“We are worried because not much is being done to build the capacity of the Nigerian health workforce especially the workforce in medical laboratories in the area of diagnosis and containment of the ravaging COVID-19 that has claimed the lives of several hundreds of people in China among others.”
Ifeanyi said some of the diseases are preventable by the use of vaccine. “These are vaccine-preventable but unfortunately, efforts at vaccine production locally by successive governments have failed and the country now depends on importation. Those at the helm of affairs have continually sabotaged efforts at vaccine production locally because of the huge gain derivable from the vaccine importation and racketeering.
“We call for an urgent reform of the Nigerian health system which is currently with an index score of 19.9 out of a top score of 100. The reform must be comprehensive and unbundle the present hegemonic structure of the health system into administrative, clinical governance and service leadership structures,” he said.