By Jude Eze in Abuja, Nigeria
The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), is set to hold its highly anticipated 59th annual Scientific Conference/AGM at the prestigious Abuja International Conference Center (AICC) from the 16th to the 19th of November 2023. With the theme “Universal Health Coverage: The Medical Laboratory Priority in Nigeria,” this event promises to be a landmark occasion in the country’s healthcare sector.
During a recent press briefing, the National President of AMLSN, Professor James Darmen, alongside Amb. Ibrahim Umaru Fewudu, Chairman of the Conference National Organizing Committee (NOC), assured participants and the general public that this conference would be unparalleled in the annals of the country’s healthcare sector. Prof. Darmen revealed that his tenure as National President would conclude with the end of the conference, and the election of his successor would be conducted during its closing stages.
As the clock ticks closer to the commencement of this monumental event, the AICC has undergone a complete transformation. Adorned with AMLSN colors, the conference center exudes an aura of anticipation and excitement, setting the stage for the opening ceremony to be declared open by the esteemed President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The theme of this year’s conference, “Universal Health Coverage: The Medical Laboratory Priority in Nigeria,” is a poignant reminder of the vital role Medical Laboratory Scientists play in the achievement of universal healthcare. With the healthcare landscape rapidly evolving, the conference aims to explore innovative strategies and solutions to advance medical laboratory practice and ensure that quality diagnostics and accurate test results are available to all Nigerians.
The conference is expected to bring together a comprehensive array of healthcare stakeholders, including Medical Laboratory Scientists, researchers, policymakers, regulators, and other industry professionals. Over the course of four days, participants will have the opportunity to engage in enlightening scientific sessions, interactive workshops, and thought-provoking panel discussions, all geared towards addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with achieving universal health coverage in Nigeria.
“We are excited to host the AMLSN Annual Scientific Conference and AGM at the Abuja International Conference Centre,” says Prof. Darmen — the national president. “This conference serves as a catalyst for progress in our field, enabling our colleagues to share their expertise, learn from each other, and contribute to the advancement of healthcare in Nigeria. We anticipate an intellectually stimulating event that will shape the future of this profession in our country.”
Key topics to be covered during the conference include the role of Medical Laboratory Scientists in the attainment of universal health coverage, advancements in Laboratory Diagnostics, quality management system in medical laboratory services, and the impact of emerging technologies on the field. Renowned national and international experts will share their expertise and insights, ensuring that attendees gain valuable knowledge and practical skills to implement in their daily practice.
Additionally, the conference will feature an exhibition showcasing the latest medical laboratory equipment, technologies, and innovations. This platform will provide an excellent opportunity for industry stakeholders to network, forge collaborations, and showcase their products and services.
Leading healthcare technology companies, suppliers, and manufacturers have confirmed attendance to showcase their latest innovations and products. Attendees will have the chance to explore cutting-edge laboratory equipment, reagents, and solutions that can further enhance the efficiency and accuracy of their diagnostic services.
As the event draws to a close, the attention will shift towards the much expected triennial delegate election for the next National President of AMLSN, signifying the end of Professor James Darmen-led National Executive Officers’ successful tenure. This election holds immense significance for the future direction and growth of the association, as new leaders will assume the responsibility of driving the Medical Laboratory profession forward in Nigeria for the next three years.
In summary, the 59th Annual Scientific Conference/AGM of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria promises to be an exceptional event, focusing on the crucial theme of universal health coverage. With a lineup of esteemed speakers, engaging sessions, and a vibrant exhibition, this conference is set to leave a lasting impact on the Nigerian healthcare sector. As delegates from various parts of the country gather at the AICC, the collective goal remains clear – to ensure that every Nigerian has access to high-quality Medical Laboratory services, ultimately contributing to the realization of universal health coverage.
The registration for the conference has been going on in droves at the AMLSN website: www.amlsn.org.ng.