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The Guild of Medical Laboratory Directors 22nd Annual National Conference/AGM was just concluded in Aba, Abia State.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Persistent Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in Nigeria”

The conference was declared opened by the representative of the Governor of Abia State his Excellency Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health. Abia State.

The keynote Speaker,Prof. Lawrence Nwaneri Chigbu, Rector, Abia State College of Health Science and Management Technology delivered a lecture on the theme.

The National President of the GMLD Mrs Chioma Austin-Onuorah read her welcome address where she emphasised on the theme of the conference
She also encouraged all health care workers to always adhere to the NCDC safety guidelines for COVID-19.

She also commended the FGN on it’s efforts to strengthen the health care sector.

She thanked the CBN for granting loans to enhance the work of the private sector but unfortunately regretted that private medical laboratories cannot access the loans due to some stringent measures attached to it.

The Registrar/CEO MLSCN Dr. Tosan Erhabor in his address which was delivered by MLS Christy Igwe congratulated the GMLD for her success.
He used the opportunity to warn Medical Laboratory Scientists against substandard practice in the use of unauthorized screening kits for the diagnosis of COVID-19

He also promised a clampdown on quacks the moment things get stabilized in the country.

Mrs Chioma Austin Onurah led Executive council rendered the account of their stewardship during the AGM. The report was accepted and adopted by the whole house.

Award presentations were made to notable individuals including the Registrar CEO MLSCN, wife of the governor of Abia state, and many other outstanding individuals.

The peak of the conference was the election into the executive offices.

Mr. Elochuckwu Adibo was elected with 137 votes out of the total votes of 138 while his contender Mr MkpanamEkanem stepped down a day before the election.

The other officers and their portfolios are Squadron Leader Aminu Suleiman (rtd), PhD. NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT (North West),Comrade Ibaa Ikenna I.U NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT (south east),KUDI A.A
Vice president (south south),Collins Swem I. A NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT NORTH CENTRAL,Ononuju, Ikechukwu Godswill National Secretary,Mrs CHIOMA ADIM AZUIKE NATIONAL TREASURER,Samuel Oludare Fele NATIONAL SECRETARY GENERAL,Mrs CHIOMA ADIM AZUIKE NATIONAL TREASURE,Sct. CHUKWUDI Obinna National Assistant Secretary General,Sule Fagbuyi National Financial Secretary,Osakue O. Nosakhare National Welfare Secretary,Mrs Adedayo Ojo National Auditor.

They were sworn in, and advised to channel a course for the GMLD.

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