Oni Nelson, creator of an online group that allows Nigerian medical laboratory scientists to interact has revealed that the group has helped Nigerian medical scientists to be informed about latest happenings in the profession and the health sector at large.
He added that the group is also making the professionals to be ICT compliant.
“Colleagues are becoming more informed about the daily activities of the MLSCN and AMLSN and more ICT compliance,” he said in an exclusive chat.
He said he got the idea to start the group after an experience he had on a trip to China and Birmingham. He said while visiting Asia and Europe, he saw how health professionals were applying information and communication technology.
He said though the group was started for Nigerian medical scientists, the goal is to create a group that would allow members of the profession from all parts of the world to interact.
“I travelled to China in June and I saw how people are communicating via Internet. I decided to create a forum named All Medical Laboratory Scientists’ Forum to allow interaction within the member around the globe. Then when I got to Birmingham city in 2011 in the United Kingdom, I was streaming live every activities that took place there and then,” he said.
While he said the group is achieving its set goals, he however noted that they are battling with some “teething” challenges like abusive use of the platform.
He said: “There are still some teething challenges. They include using the medium to exchange abusive words, multiple registrations and political witch hunting. But the benefits are outweighing the challenges.”
The group currently has about 4000 members and like other online medical professional groups in Nigeria, it is closed and prospective members must submit membership request which must be confirmed by other members before such individual is allowed to join the group.
“[The reason is] to avoid infiltration by non license members or non medical laboratory scientists,” he said.