The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) has threatened to lay down its tools if their lives and that of their loved ones continue to be in danger due to poor working environment.
Speaking in an interview our correspondent, Franklin AASRE-DONKOH, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for GAMLS, Dr.Deninis Adu-Gyasi explained that none of clinical laboratories across the country has the capacity to run COVID-19 test.
He further explained that clinical laboratories in both public and private hospitals apart from ten (10) testing facilities across the country do not have the capacity to handled patients COVID-19 samples since COVID-19 samples are to be handled in facilities capable of handling Biosafety Level 2 pathogens.
He revealed that lack of appropriate equipment was causing lots of anxiety among practitioners. Today the situation is so scary that one becomes so apprehensive when running ordinary malarial or tuberculosis test because no one knows the patients COVID-19 status since most of the persons infected are generally asymptomatic and those who show symptoms are mild in their clinical presentations. Dr Adu-Gyasi disclosed.
PRO for GAMLS is therefore, appealing to the president as a matter of urgency to upgrade all clinical laboratories to Biosafety Level 2 pathogens.
Dr Adu-Gyasi after painting a very gloomy picture on the current state of clinical laboratories across the country hinted that members of the association would have no option left to them than to lay down their tools if government fails to improve upon the working environment.
“We are going to access and analyze every detail as most of our members are the same professionals leading the contact tracing as well as closure of some laboratories due to contamination before we will inform the public our next line of action.
When asked why will they be thinking of laying down their tools in the amidst of a pandemic, he answered in the affirmative, saying the labour laws state that if one can lay down tools when his or her working environment possess an obvious to danger to his or her health so there is nothing illegal on our part when things get to that stage.
They also want government to engage the services of qualified but unemployed health professionals to support in the health facilities as we battle COVID-19 with immediate effect.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH