Lab scientists urge health minister to stop rule of law abuse
The association which made the observation in a statement released after its 52nd Scientific Conference and Workshop held in Taraba State, specifically frowned at the non-compliance with the implementation of circular on Enhanced Entry Point for Medical Laboratory Scientists by some Chief Medical Directors/Directors (CMDs/MDs) in some hospitals and other institutions, whereas such CMDs/MDs were quick to implement similar circulars for their own colleagues.
Signed by the President, Mr Toyosi Y Raheem; Secretary, Dr Surajudeen Junaid and Public Relations Officer, Mr Tam Adeyeye, they called on the Ministry of Health to put a stop to it, explaining that the trend could further escalate workplace inter-professional disharmony, dampen the morale of health professionals and reduce the productivity of the affected health professionals.
The association also said it was surprised to observe that the call for the establishment of the Directorate of Medical Laboratory Services is yet to be implemented in the Federal Ministry of Health, as recommended in the Nigerian National Medical Laboratory Policy since 2007, even as it commended Taraba State and other states that have implemented the policy.
They added that they would stoutly resist the attempts by a certain professional group in the health sector that is daily encroaching on the professional duties and responsibilities prescribed for medical laboratory scientists as contained in the Scheme of Service, Medical Laboratory Science Council Act 11, 2003, while appealing to the Ministry of Health, Labour, Justice and the Presidency to ensure equity, justice and fairness by not hesitating to call any erring health professional group to order in the interest of peace and harmony in the health sector.
Calling on the Minister of Health to remove the suspension placed on inspection and monitoring activities of the MLSCN, they said the health of Nigerians are at risk as quacks are back to their harmful duties in both public and private medical laboratories in Nigeria.