The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) on Monday inducted 33 qualified graduates of the Igbinedion University, Okada into the profession.

Conducting the oath taking, the Registrar of the Council, Tosan Erhabor, charged the inductees to always adhere to the ethics of the profession.

The oath, the registrar said had conferred certain responsibilities on them towards improving healthcare delivery services to the citizenry.

“There are ethics to guide you in the profession. Since you are not being coerced into this, it is not late to opt out now if you are not ready to work in line with the ethics,” he said

Erhabor highlighted the importance of diagnosis to medical decision, saying medical laboratory scientists would need to be efficient for improved services delivery.

The MLSCN boss commended the university for offering medical laboratory science education.

According to him, the feat had earned the school five-year full accreditation by the council based on the report of the accreditation panel that visited the institution recently.

“I want to commend the management for sustaining the vision of the founder of the institution particularly as regards high academic quality.

“The council is ready to partner with this institution like this to help improve health care services in the country.

In his induction, Prof. James Damen, President, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) asserted that 70 per cent of medical decisions are based on laboratory results.

In the lecture titled: “Implications of Mis-Diagnosis on Patients: Lessons for Medical Laboratory Scientists”, Damen regretted that one of the departments in hospitals faced with series of challenges remained the medical laboratory.

He blamed leadership crisis amongst professionals in the department such as pathologists and medical laboratory scientists as a cause to mis-diagnosis some times.

Other causes, he noted were unethical practice, poor medical laboratory facilities, weak health system, brain drain, lack of conducive working environment and quackery amongst others.

Earlier in his address, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution expressed delight that the school was awarded five-year full accreditation for producing quality healthcare practitioners in the country.

Ezemonye asserted that the university had prioritised capacity and human capital training in health related discipline in order to advance the cause of healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

The vice-chancellor recounted the achievements of the institution in rejuvenating education sector in the country.

He announced that the school would soon commence a series of conversations on Graduates Job Expo for the benefit of students.

This according to him, is aimed at exposing the students to career opportunities in national and multinational industries beginning with the aviation sector.