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The Looming Health Crisis in Ghana Due to the Absence of Laboratory Logistics

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Medical Laboratory Scientists in Ghana express concern about the lack of laboratory logistics to support health workers in discharging their duties. Without the necessary tools and supplies, health workers struggle to diagnose and treat patients, putting Ghana’s health security at risk.

Abu Abudu Rahamani, the president of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, spoke at the launch of the 50th anniversary of the Association under the theme 50 Years of Medical Laboratory Services: Impact on Health Delivery Systems in Ghana, Prospects, and Challenges. He expressed that the lack of essential equipment, reagents, and supplies make it difficult for laboratory scientists to conduct testing and research.

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“There are no clear structures when it comes to the medical laboratory system. This makes it difficult for people to understand what we actually do to help get the challenges to government,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prof. George Awuku Asare, a Fellow at the West Africa Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Sciences, warned that Ghana’s health security is at risk if health workers continue to migrate outside the country. He added that Ghana needs more health personnel to combat emerging diseases in the region.

“We find ourselves in a region where mortality and Morbidity is very high. And yet in this same region, you realize that we have low health personnel. And therefore, it is worrying. When you have all these emerging diseases coming across, these are the health personnel that are needed to combat these diseases,” he explained.

It is crucial for the government to provide the necessary support to ensure that laboratory scientists and health workers have the tools they need to work effectively. Ghana’s health security relies on it.

In a nutshell, the lack of laboratory logistics in Ghana is a cause for concern for medical laboratory scientists and health workers. The absence of essential equipment, reagents, and supplies makes it difficult for laboratory scientists to conduct testing and research.

Additionally, there are no clear structures to channel issues to the government. Ghana’s health security is also at risk if health workers continue to migrate outside the country. Therefore, the government must provide the necessary support to ensure that laboratory scientists and health workers have the tools they need to work effectively.

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