SOKOTO State government has sent 239 medical lab scientists back to school, to upgrade their knowledge and prepare them for professional licensing before they continue their duty in the state ministry of health.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal stated this when he received the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Sokoto.
“We have sent 230 holders of Ordinary National Diploma (OND) who are presently working in our medical laboratories for a one year abridged programme at the Sultan Abdulrahman School of Health Technology, Gwadabawa, to update their knowledge and enable them to write council examinations and become certified laboratory technicians.
“Our intention is not to remove any staff from our labs. We will give them the opportunity to certify themselves and meet the requirements of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria,” he added.
Tambuwal said the state had also taken over the National Blood Transfusion Centre, Sokoto and so far, all its staff had been absorbed into the state civil service.
In addition to other measures, the governor said the government had also established a biomedical engineering complex fully equipped with biomedical equipment, library, workshop, fabrication and maintenance unit.
In his remarks, the minister said he was in Sokoto to kick off the nationwide inspection of medical lab science equipment.