MIMLS 30TH NSC OFFICIATED BY YB MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING SARAWAK
Posted on Oct 10, 2019 by admin@MIMLS
Kuching, 7 October 2019 – The Malaysian Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MIMLS) held their 30th National Scientific Conference in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) from October 7 to 8 at The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak.
The two-day scientific conference with the theme “Multidisciplinary Approach to Medical Laboratory Sciences” was held in conjunction with Borneo Scientific Meeting 2019. It was attended by more than 180 medical laboratory professionals including 18 speakers and 30 poster presenters from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Indonesia comprising students, medical laboratory technologists and scientific officers, laboratory managers, doctors and academicians from various government and private institutions.
The medical laboratory profession have been around in the country since the establishment of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in Kuala Lumpur in the year 1900. The profession is not well known among the general public because many of the tasks are done behind the scenes, unlike nurses and medical assistants. However, it is estimated that 70% of medical diagnostic decisions and treatment are based on laboratory test results generated by this group of professionals. Minister for Local Government and Housing Sarawak, Datuk Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian believed that roles of the medical laboratory professionals are crucial to the doctors who often depend on their results to make a diagnosis and treat the patients.
“As a cardiologist, last time we have to make a guesstimate on how much warfarin drugs to give to a patient but now we can get the accurate dosage to be given based on laboratory test results,” he said in his opening address at the Opening Ceremony of the 30th National Scientific Conference.
Dr Sim also highlighted on the emerging technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and smart robotics, which are going to shape tomorrow’s world. He said the Sarawak Government is spearheading a digital economy initiative that aims to revolutionise Sarawak’s economy and industries to spur socioeconomic growth and advancement. He hoped that medical laboratory professionals can continuously learn beyond the laboratory and evolve in sync with new technologies or we all risk being left behind.
Besides, Dr Sim also congratulated MIMLS on successfully hosting their 30th national conference and praised MIMLS for their remarkable contributions in advancing the profession throughout the last 3 decades both nationally and internationally. He emphasized the importance of international collaboration which will eventually benefits the country. He is also pleased to see that MIMLS and UNIMAS are collaborating once again after successfully hosting the inaugural Borneo Scientific Meeting back in 2017. On behalf of the Government of Sarawak, Dr Sim welcomed all the guests to Sarawak and encouraged the delegates to spend some time exploring and enjoy the food, festivals and the way of life in Sarawak.
Also present at the ceremony were Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) of UNMAS Prof Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit representing the Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the UNIMAS Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Prof Dr Haji Kamarudin Haji Kana and President of MIMLS Ms Faridah Robiah Ismail.