On the other hand, Mr Lealem Gedefaw, head of the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences of Jimma University, has forwarded his keynote address. After expressing his honor to deliver the keynote address, Mr Lealem congratulated EMLA for the excellent arrangement of the event which is its first time to be hosted out of Addis Ababa. He expressed his appreciation to Jimma University for hosting the conference which is considered as the second history for the profession, in that it is the first time to be hosted out of Addis Ababa. He recognized the efforts of EMLA’s Jimma Chapter Office and the committee led by Mr Waqtola Cheneke who have worked very hard to prepare this annual conference. He then described the genealogy of the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences which was established in 1988 from the then diploma level up to the current in which PhD program is running.
Prof Mirkuzie Wolde, vice president, JU and Director of Institute of Health of Jimma University, has forwarded his key note address as well as opening speech on behalf of the president of the Jimma University president-Prof Fikre Lemmesa. He addressed that Jimma University is known for hosting such valuable academic events and that it is a privilege for JU to host this event which is the first of its kind outside of Addis Ababa. He also described that the role of professional associations in promoting the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences is indispensible. He congratulated the association on its success in sustaining the association since 1964 starting with only 49 members and now having more than 5000 in total and organized 22 annual conferences including this one. He put his hope that EMLA can play a significant role by promoting the contribution of the science of Medical Laboratory to improving the quality of health services. He promised that the organization of the conference at JU is only the beginning and he assured that JU will collaborate and work together on several matters related to the field.
After the conference was officially opened by the vice president of the University, Prof Mirkuzie Wolde, best Medical laboratory student award was undertaken by the award committee chair, Dr Berhanu Seyoum. After the award, plenary session was undertaken on the sub-thematic topics of the conference. Oral and poster presentations of scientific papers were also undertaken.
On the last day, business meeting was held to elect general assembly’s chair and secretary in which Dr Gizachew Yismaw and Mr Estifanos Kebede was elected for the respective position to serve for the next 4 years. Mr Gizachew Tadesse, executive director of EMLA, reported detail activity report of the association in the year. Moreover, the assembly heard report from independent auditor, Mr Solomon, and made thorough discussion on the reports. Finally, before the official closure of the conference by the president of the association, Dr Gemeda Abebe, best abstracts award ceremony for both the oral and poster presentations were undertaken. Conference resolution was compiled and the program adjourned.
O5 May 2017
Jimma, Ethiopia

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