Students Of The Science Laboratory Technician Department Benefit From Malaria Diagnosis Workshop

Accra Technical University in collaboration with the Allied Health Professional Council has organised a training workshop in accurate malaria diagnosis. The two day workshop is geared towards sensitising students of the Science Laboratory Technician Department about malaria diagnosis: blood film preparation, Specification and Quantification.
The workshop which opened on Friday December 13 to Sunday December 15, 2019 opened today with a ceremony at the University's auditorium. Officials and representatives from the Allied Health Professional Council and the University respectively graced the knowledge-packed event.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Benjamin Tetteh Mensah, Deputy Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist and Haematologist, who also doubles as the facilitator of the workshop shared his experience with students about malaria. He reiterated the peril malaria has posed to humanity which is not merely in talk but proven by facts.  He therefore entreated students to make use of the opportunity to learn from the workshop which will go a long way to impact on their professional life as Medical Laboratory Scientists.
Dr. Mensah gave a presentation on malaria, the challenges and changes that have evolved in the professional world of laboratory science. He took students through some of the methods that have been used in diagnosing malaria from the past to date, indicating their effectiveness and inadequacies over the period; ranging from Algorithms of presumptive diagnosis, Light microscopy, Fluorescent microscopy PCR and Modern day rapid diagnostic test kits (RDTs) for malaria testing.
He advised would-be laboratory scientists to always adhere to the laid procedures in malaria diagnosis to come out with the best results and refrain from being "too knowing”. He said "the microscope is your friend" hence, students should know how to operate it in various ways as that will be their companion in their line of work.
Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of ATU, Dr. Alice Constance Mensah, revealed that the workshop was a momentous one as the disease currently accounts for 4% of global burden and 7% of malaria burden in West Africa and Malaria was responsible for 19% of all recorded deaths in Ghana in 2016. She stated that the workshop would be of immense help to students in technique and in practice in diagnosing malaria.