MASERU- International Biomedical Laboratory Science Day was globally commemorated on the 15th April 2017 to promote awareness of the key role played by laboratory professionals in the diagnosis of patients and research in the modern medical sciences.
Biomedical laboratory scientists are one of the largest groups of health-care professionals, yet their role in medicine is poorly understood. Patients, families and even colleagues within health care have a poor understanding of the vital role Biomedical Scientists have in medicine and public health.
This year’s theme is; ‘Antibiotic resistance: biomedical laboratory scientists respond to the global threat’. The theme was especially chosen as antibiotic resistance occurs when an antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively control or kill bacterial growth. In other words, the bacteria are "resistant" and continue to multiply in the presence of therapeutic levels of an antibiotic, so the biomedical scientists are the respond to that global threat.
The purpose of the annual celebration is to educate the public in the hard work that biomedical laboratory scientists do in quality development, diagnosis, treatment, research, development, and public healthcare
World Health Organization (WHO) President Marie Nora Roald commenting on the day stated that biomedical laboratory scientists are one of the largest groups of health care professionals yet their role in medicine is poorly understood by the patients and their families and even their colleagues within health care administration.
She added that a biomedical laboratory scientist finds out the causes of the disease which ensures better treatment and cure and that they understand the work they do and its significance to the patients and they are the experts in this field and the very best people to carry our message.
All over the world biomedical laboratory scientists are using this day to promote the profession and celebrate their important role in health care and saving lives.
A biomedical scientist, also known as a biomedical doctor or medical scientist or clinical laboratory scientist is a scientist trained in biology, particularly in the context of medicine. These scientists work to gain knowledge on the main principles of how the human body works and to find new ways to cure or treat disease by developing advanced diagnostic tools or new therapeutic strategies.
In 1996 at the World Congress of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS), the General Assembly of Delegates agreed to establish a world-wide Biomedical Laboratory Science Day to make people aware of their work so they can acknowledge them.