By Dainess Sikamwaya
Importance of Lab-Techs in Health
THE recent introduction of the food and drugs satellite laboratory services is a clear signal that Zambia is now ready to respond to any food born disease outbreak.
This means that from now onwards, Health facilities outside Lusaka will not require to send food samples and other toxic materials to laboratory technologists in Lusaka because the ministry of health has taken up the mantle of employing laboratory technologists in all hospitals countrywide.
With the introduction of these members of staff, measuring of toxic substances and food stuff can now be completely done from district and provincial health care level.
The testing of food, water and other food based products for safety is not just centralized in Lusaka but this vital service has now been taken as close to the people as possible through the creation of food and drugs satellite laboratories at district and provincial levels.
Having a food and drugs satellite laboratory services is a clear signal that Zambia is now ready to respond to any food born disease outbreak.
Zambia Association of Applied Science Laboratory Technologists Acting President Charles Mubita is happy with the development and has appealed to government to construct laboratories with adequate work space and human resource to operationalize the service and provide adequate equipment for quality services.
And ministry of health permanent secretary in charge of health services Jabbin Mulwanda said that laboratory technology is a profession that supports the health sector and needs to be embraced for a strengthening of the health systems.
Dr Mulwanda said that government is already in the process of modernizing laboratories countrywide.