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Highlights of the National Executive Officers’ Meeting held on January 11, 2020 at Osborn Lapalm Hotel, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State

1. The 14th Annual Public Health Lecture series 2020 and National Executive Council Meeting:

• Hosting Branch: Lagos State
• Friday, February 21, 2020: Public Health Lecture/ National Induction of Fellows
• Saturday, February 22, 2020: Regional Investiture of Fellows/NEC Meeting
• Sunday, February 23, 2020: Post Investiture and Faculty Meetings
• Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

• Themes:

a) Enterprise Opportunities: National Health & Economy.

Dr. Dare Victor.
GMD
Betterways Group

b) Building young Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities.

Folasade ODUNAIYA
ActionCOACH Business Coaching
FMS Building, 25/27 Udo Wogu Drive, Chevyview Estate
Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

c) Health Enterprise and Development Economy.

Abimbola Adebakin
CEO
Advantage Health Africa,
12b, Stella Osholanke Street,
Off Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos

2. Workshop for officers on the Directorate cadre (Phase II) 2020

a. The objectives of this workshop are; to update knowledge and competences of officers on contemporary national and global issues necessary for fostering delivery of quality and efficient service, to reinvigorate and revitalize efforts at enhancing performance management which will transform the service in the hospital from an in-put/out-put process system to a result oriented performance system and to change operational modes and produce new generation of managers who are courteous, friendly, receptive, effective, efficient and deliver quality service.

b. The scope of the training shall include public service rules, administrative structures, basic and effective communication in the public service, Human Resource Management, Public Service Reforms, Customer Service (Servicom), Pensions administration/Management and Implementation of Government/AMLSN policies and directives in the work place.

c. The training is expected to take place from March 23 to 27, 2020 (5 days)

3. Annual Scientific Conference/General Meeting (2020)

• Hosting Branch: Ebonyi State

• Sunday, September 20, 2020: Arrival of Participants
a. Arrival of Participants.

• Monday, September 21, 2020:
a. Collection of conference materials
b. Meetings: YMLSF, GMLDs, AFMLSN etc.
c. Panel Session 1
d. Panel Session 2

• Tuesday, September 22, 2020:
a. Panel Session 3
b. Panel Session 4
c. Opening Ceremony
d. Tour of Exhibition

• Wednesday, September 23, 2020:
a. Oral Poster Sessions
b. Concurrent Scientific Sessions
• Thursday, September 24, 2020:
a. AGM
b. Meritorous Service Awards
i. Governor
ii. Medical Laboratory Scientists

• Friday, September 25, 2020: Departure

4. Review of Challenges in Tertiary Health Institutions:

In total, Chairmen and Secretaries from twenty-two (22) teaching hospitals and Federal Medical Centres were in attendance. Issues relating to None recruitment of MLS over several years, none promotion, demotion, reassignment, dichotomy, operational of illegal side laboratories, illegal public private partnership etc. were collated by facility. The National Executive Officers are expected to collate these issues and interface with the President of the Federal Republic through a high powered petition to be raised by our attorney.

5. Partnership with Joint Commission International

Joint Commission International (JCI) works to improve patient safety and quality of health care in the international community by offering education, publications, advisory services and international accreditation and certification. In more than 100 countries, JCI partners with hospitals, clinics, and academic medical centers; health systems and agencies; government ministries; academia; and international advocates to promote rigorous standards of care and to provide solutions for achieving peak performance. In this regards NEOs considered and approved to conduct training of Assessors who will be involved in JCI activities locally and internationally.

6. Hosting right for NEC meeting for 2nd & 3rd quarters.

Based on the distributions of previous meeting NEOs approved the ceding the hosting right to North Central and North West.
May Meeting: Benue state
• July Meeting: Zamfara state

7. NEO reviewed the Performance of Journal of Medical Laboratory Science.

The JOMLS is fully operational, articles are published quarterly. It was agreed that modalities will be put in place for the production and distribution of hard copies of the journals to deserving institutions. Due to the high quality of some articles, the journal is now receiving more citations in other international high impact journals. Members are encouraged to visit the site to view current publications and submit articles {http://jomls.org}

8. NEO also received and reviewed reports on the progress of work of the following issues:

a. The proposed Directorate Structure for Medical Laboratory Services at the FMOH
b. The ongoing review of Scheme of Service for Medical laboratory scientists.
c. National Post Graduate College of Medical Laboratory Science.
d. Proposed Federal Medical Centre Bill, 2020.
e. The progress of work on National Secretariat Building project.
f. Review of AMLSN Court cases – nineteen judgements have been obtained in favour of AMLSN and four are pending in the court of appeal, Abuja Division.
g. Status of registration of BOT with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
h. 2020 AMLSN Budget: This budget was presented to NEO for approval and onward transmission to National Executive Council for rectification.

9. Medical Laboratory Scientists Leadership certificate Programme by Rova College 2020

NEO considered and approved the leadership training to be organized, targeting Chapter Chairmen & Secretaries, Leadership of YMLSF, GMLDs. The main objective of the training/workshop is to improve the quality of service delivery of AMLSN members and to add value to the service, wherever they function. It will equally prepare participants to respond to challenges encountered in the course of providing leadership at the various level levels.

The topics to be considered are as follows:
a. Wining in the new Realities
b. Beyond the Big Idea Strategy
c. Medical laboratory Business Model Innovation
d. Grant for Research, Learning and Change Economics, Innovation, opportunities & Funding Initiatives
e. Ensuring the Future
f. Meta-Leadership
g. The Healthcare Executives Inspiring Actionable Ideas
h. The Turf wars (Competition for the right to perform)
i. Recognition of YMLSF and supporting their annual conferences

• Arrival June 17, 2020
• Training June 18 to 20, 2020 (3 days]
• Departure June 21, 2020

10. Application for recognition as subgroups

NEOs received and reviewed three applications for recognition as subgroups, these applications received approval and shall be referred to National Executive Council for ratification.

11. Relationship between MLSCN & AMLSN

The NEOs reviewed the relationship between MLSCN & AMLSN and resolved to take steps to protect the sanctity AMLSN and work to ensure that mutual respect exists between the Council and the Association. Nine NEOs voted in favour of this resolution except but one who voted against.

Dr. James Damen
(National Secretary)

Dated this 11th Day of January 2020

Highlights of the National Executive Officers’ Meeting held on January 11, 2020 at Osborn Lapalm Hotel, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
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15TH NATIONAL ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH LECTURE SERIES/INVESTITURE

ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTISTS OF NIGERIA (AMLSN)
INVITES THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO HER
15 TH NATIONAL ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH LECTURE SERIES/INVESTITURE

PREAMBLE

Covid-19 has exposed the need for countries to build a responsive and sustainable National Laboratory System, that will provide timely diagnostic solutions for the early detection and prevention of diseases of public health importance. Medical Laboratories as an important component of such a system needs to be strengthened through strategic capacity building in areas such as local vaccine production, laboratory-based evaluation and validation of covid-19 test kits in Nigeria. To consolidate on the lessons learnt from Covid-19, the national 15th annual public health lecture provides another opportunity for intellectual discuss and interaction among medical laboratory scientist and world class resource persons in attendance.

THEME
Strategic Medical Laboratory capacity building for pandemic response: lessons learnt from covid-19 in Nigeria.
Speaker: Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu Director General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control

SUB-THEMES
1. Re-invigorating Local Capacity for Vaccine Production in Nigeria.
Speaker: Prof. Oyewale Tomori, Chairman, National Laboratory Technical Working Group

2. Laboratory Based Evaluations of COVID-19 Test kits: A Paradigm Shift in Quality
Management System
Speaker: Sir Manason Rubainu Chairman, MLSCN IVD Technical committee

3. Expanding Access to COVID-19 Testing in Nigeria: The Place of Antibody and Antigen
Based Rapid Test Kits
Discussants: Abbott and Biosensor

Under the distinguished chairmanship of Dist. Sen. (Dr) Ibrahim Y. Oloriegbe, Chairman
Senate Committee on health (Sec, & Tertiary) National Assembly Complex, Abuja.
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Venue: Chida International Hotel, Plot 224, Solomon Lar Way, Utako District, FCT,Abuja

Time: 9:00am prompt.

Registration Fee: 3,000 Naira Only
Account: AMLSN 1001617455 UBA
MLSCN CPD accredited activity

Sponsorship details contact:
Dr Ironkwe Okechukwu (Chairman PHL committee) 08035985019
Pastor Oveye Alaba (Scretary) 08032628107

15TH NATIONAL ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH LECTURE SERIES/INVESTITURE
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ASM World Microbe Forum invitation to Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria Members

Dear Colleagues,

At a time when the pandemic is keeping us apart, I’m excited to be planning the new meeting collaboration from ASM, FEMS and several other collaborating societies that recognizes that microbial sciences, just like microbes, know no borders. The two organizations are bringing together ASM Microbe 2021 and FEMS 2021 to create World Microbe Forum (WMF) – and we’re now accepting abstract submissions.

From new infectious pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, to antimicrobial resistance and the role of microbes in climate change, to agriculture and food microbiology, and synthetic and applied microbiology – international experts will gather for WMF to examine, discuss and envision solutions that science can offer to solve some of the gravest concerns confronting us today.

This is our moment – an opportunity to:

  • Break barriers to presenting research – Presenters can share their science from home and reach peers everywhere from the United States and Europe to Africa and Asia. With no travel fees and a low registration rate, we’re lowering barriers of entry to level the playing field. ASM and FEMS are also offering hundreds of opportunities to receive complimentary meeting registration. Presenters can apply when they submit their abstracts.
  • Provide more content in your research area and related fields – Hundreds of cutting-edge scientific sessions will cover the full spectrum of microbial sciences over four days. Tracks, topics and channels will help attendees easily find science related to their area of interest. And all sessions will be available on-demand so you can catch up at your convenience.
  • Unite the microbial sciences community worldwide to advance science – Active researchers, industry professionals, undergraduate, postdocs, and leaders in the field will showcase how microbial sciences are essential to solving complex problems impacting humankind today. Sessions presented at WMF can be streamed from anywhere, extending the conversation to policy makers and members of the public to help shape health policy.
  • Interact and connect like you would at an in-person meeting – Through easy-to-use video, chat and text functionality, attendees can pose questions live to speakers, get real-time feedback on their research, and connect with leaders and peers in your field. iPoster presenters will be able to make their research come alive through high-resolution images, videos and animations, voice-over narrations, and more to show the impact of their findings. You can also catch up with peers at your convenience through 24/7 networking lounges.

Late-breaker Abstract Submission Opens on Apr. 23, 2021 through May 7, 2021. Visit www.worldmicrobeforum.org to get started on your submission.

Sincerely,

Ade Olarewaju

Ade Olarewaju | Program Specialist, Global Public Health Programs

American Society for Microbiology

ASM World Microbe Forum invitation to Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria Members
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AMLSN 2021 Call for Authors/Reviewers

AMLSN eLearning implementing team is calling for applications from subject experts for appointment as authors/reviewers for Year 2021 courses in the following topics:

  • Review of Sample Stability Guidelines for Medical Laboratories
  • Client Satisfaction as Quality Indicator in Medical Laboratory Services
  • Point of Care Testing (POCT)
  • Stress Management for Medical Laboratory Scientists

Requirements:
• Minimum of HND/Bsc/BMLS., MSc./Professional Qualification (AMLSCN, FMLSCN etc); a PhD is an advantage but not required
• Demonstrable excellence in area of specialization
• Experience in delivering training for adults in resource constrained environments
• Experience in developing competency based curriculum or eLearning courses
• Experience in conducting and synthesizing research
• Ability to devote a minimum of two hours per week to course development until published
• Experience in using IT, Graphics/Multimedia tools and social media
• Must be in good financial standing with the Association (for MLS)

  •  Available to attend a 2-3 days course training (possibly from 15th of April 2021)

Mode of Application
• Interested Applicants should prepare the following for input on the data sheet:

1. Cover letter indicating interest in one of the topics above.
2. A brief description of understanding of your chosen topic.
3. At least three learning objectives to be achieved in undertaking the course.

• Proceed to fill the applicant data sheet here(link is external) or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/amlsn2021courses

NOTE: Failure to follow this procedure will lead to disqualification. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application submissions close 19th March 2021

AMLSN 2021 Call for Authors/Reviewers
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56th Annual Medical Laboratory Scientists Conference – Salt City 2020

Introduction

This year’s conference, the 56th in sequence, is termed SALT CITY 2020. The conference is so named because of the location of the venue of this edition in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Ebonyi State is in the Eastern part of Nigeria. It is known as the Salt of the Nation because of the huge deposits of salt in the State, especially around the Okposi and Uburu Salt Lakes.

Theme: Misdiagnosis and Patient Safety in Nigeria Health System: The Medical Laboratory Priority

The centre focus of the 56th Conference of our dear Association is Misdiagnosis and Patient Safety in Nigeria Health System: The Medical Laboratory Priority. This topic, which speaks to errors in diagnosis and the safety of patients has become necessary for discussion at such a forum as misdiagnosis impacts negatively on patient management; affecting patient safety, patient economy and overall patient satisfaction. The incidences of false positive or false negative results prevail in practice and requires the attention of all health care professionals, researchers and policy makers.

Get full information by visiting the conference website

56th Annual Medical Laboratory Scientists Conference – Salt City 2020
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Notice of Postponement of Directorate Cadre Training/Workshop

Notice is hereby given of the postponement of the Directorate Cadre Training scheduled to hold from the 29th March to the 2nd April, 2020. The President has suggested we take heed and comply with the advisory note issued by the FMOH and various authorities on gathering of 50 or more persons and social distancing as a result of the Corona virus disease pandemic.
We are pushing the training date by 30 days in this instance but will carefully and continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and advise as appropriate in future. AMLSN regrets the inconvenience this postponement may have caused members concerned as we would rather err on the side of caution.
We will keep you informed as the situation unfolds

Executive Secretary
AMLSN HQ, ABUJA
21/03/2020.

Notice of Postponement of Directorate Cadre Training/Workshop
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Administrative and Management Training/Workshop for DIRECTORATE CADRE MLS

To all ADMLS/DDMLS/DMLS

This training is targeted at members of AMLSN in directorate cadre in the public/civil service (HSS 13 & above or GL 15 & above). This training will focus on cross cutting areas in administration that will strengthen the delivery of quality and efficient service as well as enhance appropriate interaction with colleagues and the management of their institutions.

Arrival date: March 22, 2020
Departure date: March 26, 2020
Venue: Abuja.

NB: AMLSN will be responsible for the following expenses
• Accommodation
• Feeding (tea break/lunch)
• Course material
• Resource material

Qualified and Selected participants will be responsible for their own transportation.

Application closes 28th of February 2020

To apply, log into your membership portal to submit your application under events. https://membership.amlsn.org.ng/profile/

Kindly  ensure that your professional and employment details are fully completed before submitting your application, failure to do this could lead to non selection.

Those who have already attended the first training  should not apply for this exercise.

Administrative and Management Training/Workshop for DIRECTORATE CADRE MLS
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Update on Administrative and Management Training/Workshop for DIRECTORATE CADRE MLS

This is to inform members that the Administrative and Management Training/Workshop for DIRECTORATE CADRE MLS earlier set to hold between 22nd -26th March 2020 has now been postponed to between 29th March – 2nd April 2020. This adjustment is to up for the extension of the application closing window by a week.

We are sorry for any inconveniences this might cause.

Note that only qualified and selected participant will be contacted

NB: AMLSN will be responsible for the following expenses
• Accommodation
• Feeding (tea break/lunch)
• Course material
• Resource material

Qualified and Selected participants will be responsible for their own transportation.

Update on Administrative and Management Training/Workshop for DIRECTORATE CADRE MLS
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