Imo branch of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria ( AMLSN) has donated 200 vials of Viral Transport Medium ( VTM) to the state government.
The laboratory scientists also donated 35,000mls of phenol-based hand sanitizers and a billboard for public sensitisation and enlightenment.
The donations were presented to the Imo COVID-19 taskforce in Owerri on Thursday.
Presenting the donated items, AMLSN chairman in Imo, Dr Kingsley Dunga, said that they were part of the association’s contributions to the fight against and prevention of the Coronavirus in the state.
Dunga said that the VTM are used to transport samples from their point of collection to their point of laboratory analysis without altering possible results of the tests, hence the role of medical laboratory scientists.
While encouraging laboratory scientists to conduct more tests, he urged the state government to equip health workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and provide them with hazard allowance as a form of encouragement.
” As part of our responsibility to help contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we consider it expedient to make contributions to assist the state government’s efforts in the fight against Coronavirus.
” As frontline workers, we remain committed to this course and we urge government to continue to further equip us with PPE and hazard allowance as a way of encouraging us “, he said.
Receiving the items, chairman of the Imo COVID-19 taskforce, Prof. Maurice Iwu, thanked the laboratory scientists for the donation.
Iwu commended them for their efforts at educating the masses in addition to their active involvement in field, laboratory and treatment protocols.
He assured of government’s commitment to welfare of health workers during and after the pandemic.
” I thank you so much for coming to the help of the state and for your quintessential contributions at this time.
” With our collective efforts, this virus will soon be a thing of the past. The battle is not yet over but for as much as we obey professional guidelines and contribute our quota, we will will win this fight “, he said.