Prof. Afolabi Lesi, Provost, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, on Wednesday urged newly inducted medical laboratory scientists to remain focus and adopt positive attitude in their practice.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the college inducted 48 new medical laboratory scientists, who swore to oath of practice administered by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.
Lesi said that adoption of positive attitude toward their practice would result to excellent and improve their skills and talents.
“You must continually discipline yourself, and do not relent as you go higher. To achieve excellence, you must have an excellent state of mind.
“I want all of you to know that success begins from the inside, and if you want to be successful, you must have a positive mind and attitude.
“You must learn to be patient and persistent because everything good requires time and patience.
Also, Prof. Olubunmi Magbagbeola, the Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, in the College, advised the inductees not to tarnish the image of their profession.
Magbagbeola said they should know that the profession does not tolerate unethical practices.
“You should all continue to put in your best as you go along as members of the healthcare team.
“Always make a positive difference until you become experts and leaders; there is no doubt that you have been trained as highly skilled professionals.
“I, therefore, encourage you to go out there and make yourselves, the institution, profession and teachers proud,” she said.
In his remarks, Mr Tosan Erhabor, the acting Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), urged the inductees to imbibe the ideals of hard work and tenacity of purpose.
Erhabor said that this would help them to get to the peak of their career.
He said that the council was ready to assist the new inductees, urging them to always be ready to obey the rules of the council.
“The council is mindful of the hardship being faced by some younger generation of laboratory scientists while trying to secure a place of internship.
“We will continue to work toward ameliorating such plights which made us to accredit 12 more laboratories in the private sector,” he said.
In his comments, Dr Kola Oyedeji, the acting Head, Department of Medical Laboratory Science,encouraged the inductees to keep on learning to enable them to develop more intellectual ambition.
Oyedeji said that personal learning would help individual to use instructional manuals without any teacher.
“I urge you to continue to seek more knowledge on medical laboratory profession, because this phase is just the beginning of this profession,”he said.
One of the inductees, Mr John Adelakun, who graduated with a First Class Honours (GPA of 4.70), advised other students to be focussed and always believe in themselves.
Adelakun, also the best graduating student in the Faculty, urged students not to allow academic challenges to hinder them from attaining their goals.