The Federation of Ghana Medical Laboratory Student Associations (FG-MELSA), the mother body for all Medical Laboratory Students across the country over the week; 15th November, 2019 organized a Laboratory Entrepreneurship (Labprenuership) Seminar on campus of one of its member association institutions Royal Ann College of Health, Kumasi-Ghana (RACOH).
This seminar was on the theme: THE STARTUP; BECOMING YOUR OWN BOSS.
The much anticipated program which attracted other sister Medical Laboratory Science Students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi Technical University (KsTU), Garden City University College (GCUC) and the hosting institution RACOH which is their maiden edition of hosting a national program by the Federation was so amazing.
Labprenuership being a breakthrough seminar for Laboratory Science Students, this program recorded a high regional attendance of 389 students and resource persons, out of whom 292 were female participants. This has enhanced female participation by 65% and about 57% total compare with the past year.The seminar was manned by resource persons including:
Dr Clement Bekoe, CEO for Diacon Medical Supplies was Chairperson for the seminar and touched on the theme. His presentation on The Lab. and Enterprenuership was so impressive that participants were very much inspired to anticipate more. Through personal life story, he communicated to the understanding of participants how he emerged as a great entrepreneur. “Enterprenuership is one of the best options regardless of your area of study”, he mentioned.
▪Dr Abudul Rahamani, President for the Labprenuership Network of Ghana. His presentation got the interest of participants. Dr Rahamani discussed to participants the various opportunities in Medical Laboratory Science and beyond. “There are millions of opportunities in our area of work and outside our comfort zone. Count yourself lucky for making it to this seminar” he stressed. To the surprise of all, Dr Rahamani revealed about two hundred additional opportunities in Medical Laboratory Science and countless around us. He added the need to network for quality, efficient and effective healthcare delivery and encourage participants to take advantage of such opportunities for a better living.
▪Mr Stephen Adjei, Senior Accountant at Medilab GMIC, Kumasi present for this seminar took participants through “How to Overcome the Challenges of Enterprenuership”. He mentioned “Failure is a part of the journey. You would surely fail in one way or the other, and this should give you the needful experience to excel. Lessons from ups and downs have contributed so much to my business and social life especially. ” He entreat participants to remain focused and seek guidance and directions whenever there is the need.
The vice president for the professional body, MLS Robert Kpodo commended the students’ front for their enthusiasm and pragmatism in the journey to transform the Medical Laboratory Profession. He urged members of the federation to give leadership their maximum support and attention, and to participate in such and equally important programmes. He mentioned that leadership of the professional body (Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists) and all members, who are alumni of FG-MELSA are very proud of the good works by the federation under the current administration especially.
Other dignitaries present were Mr Richard Aboagye (CEO for RACOH), MLS Bright Nastia (HoD for RACOH Med. Lab. Science), Miss Bashiru Soabir a (Deputy HoD for KsTU Med. Lab. Science).
Participants were taken through series of lessons on how to “BECOME YOUR OWN BOSS” on the field of practice and studying as potential Laboratory Professionals. The federation’s Vice President, Hon Andrews Omar Loku in his submission commended the various local executives for their selfless service and again, RACOH-MELSA for hosting such a big program organised by FG-MELSA.
The National Executive Council of the federation, led by the President, Hon Frederick Ennin showed appreciation for the massive turnout and contributions of members and did thank all resource persons for their effort for a very successful seminar. “We have all learnt so much and I strongly believe that this seminar has impacted everyone to energized our potentials, I hope to see you leading a transformation” – Hon Frederick Ennin said.
He asked that members continue to support and show encouraging participation in future events by the federation which he believes shall raise higher the flag of FG-MELSA.
The programme which started at 9:00AM came to a successful end at 3:30PM after lunch(1:00PM) and a session for networking which is key to enterprenuership.