On the call of Indian Confederation of Medical Laboratory Sciences (ICMLS), an umbrella organization of more than 25 medical lab science associations, National Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Week is being celebrated throughout the Country from 17th July to 23rd July, annually, to aware the general public about the role of medical lab professionals in present health care system.
The Importance of medical lab Profession and professionals is highlighted by holding various programmes. As a part of it Blood Sugar and BP monitoring Health Camps for public, many Scientific, social and cultural programmes like Scientific CME, Symposium, Blood donation camp, Eye donation awareness camp, Organ donation awareness camp and screening camp are organised by the medical laboratory professionals of government and private health establishments across the country.
ICMLS is a national representative confederation of more than 50 thousand medical laboratory technologists and scientists working under various government and private health care establishments. ICMLS is also an affiliate of International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (IFBLS). The Medical Laboratory Sciences and its professionals, who are often works behind the scene, have made significant strides and contribution during the last few decades to the amazing development of medical sciences. Considering the importance of it, several small and big countries have set up a systematic structure for medical laboratory profession & professionals. It is, however, regrettable, that in India, no such thing exists even after 70 years of Independence. There is no mechanism to regulate the professional education and practices of medical lab profession and neither the state governments nor the Centre have shown seriousness to tackle this situation. In absence of any regulatory legal mechanism to oversee the educational and professional standards, educational institutions have been mushrooming unabatedly across the country, only to earn profit that lack even basic requirement for such education. Not only that, Medical Technology staff, whether in the government sector or in private sector face a plethora of problems since there is no law to address their problems. For example, despite their qualification they do not have licenses to work on their own, they do not have recognized positions in the hierarchy for identical works, there are no proper rules for, recruitment, service conditions, salaries and allowances etc.