Prof. Emeribe, Registrar/CEO, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, was born in Makurdi, Benue State of Nigeria. He attended Community Secondary School Adazi, Awka Anambra State where he graduated with distinction in 1974. He became an Associate of the then Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology (IMLT) in 1981, earned an MSc from the University of Ibadan in 1986, became a Fellow of the Institute in 1984 before earning a PhD from the University of Calabar in 1998 subsequent to completion of his research fellowship at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (1995-1996).
Under his leadership, the MLSCN has successfully instituted standards, processes and guidelines for continual quality improvement and accreditation of public and private medical laboratories in Nigeria, which are geared towards improved health services and cutting down of capital flight due to medical tourism. Prof. Emeribe is a tenured Professor of Laboratory Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar; Member, New York Academy of Science; and Honorary Consultant Haematologist with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital currently on national assignment. While serving as Head, Department of Haematology from 1996-2005, Prof. Emeribe introduced far-reaching measures leading to an exponential growth in the variety and turnover of laboratory investigations and transfusion services. This led to excellent client/physician satisfaction as well as several awards from the university teaching hospital leadership. Prof. Emeribe spearheaded successful research collaborations on tropical diseases between the University and global agencies such as World Health Organization. He has also successfully supervised many post-graduate students, apart from mentoring younger professionals and leadership of professional associations at African and national levels.
Prof. Emeribe has worked as a consultant to Global HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (GHAIN) as well as to Axios Foundation on the setting up of the National External Quality Assessment (EQA) Laboratory funded by United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) and was instrumental to enhancing quality improvement and standardisation of laboratory services in Nigeria. He gave technical advice and guidance for the institution of an EQA programme for PEPFAR (United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) laboratories in Nigeria. This rich professional and academic experience is what the eminent academic has drawn on as the current Registrar/CEO, MLSCN to initiate strategic partnerships involving MLSCN and several international agencies. The results have been amazing.
Prof. Emeribe has also acquitted himself in various positions, including being a member, Presidential Project Implementation Committee on FGN/Vamed Rehabilitation of Teaching and Military Hospitals; member, Board of Management of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria; Facilitator to Management Sciences for Health (MSH) on PEPFAR Fellowship programme; member, Global Governing Board, Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA); Board member, African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM); President, Federation of African Associations of Medical Laboratory Scientists (2005 to date), and so on. Prof. Emeribe, an author of over 50 scholarly peer-reviewed publications, belongs to several learned societies and has actively participated and contributed to many scientific conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings across the globe.
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