Microbiologists seek bill to regulate practise
The Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM) has called on the leadership of the National Assembly to urgently passed the bill aimed at regulating microbiology pratise in Nigeria thereby checking the proliferation of non-qualified intruders in the profession.
The bill, when passed by both chambers, would allow for the establishment of the Microbiological Council of Nigeria (MCN), which, NSM said, would open up avenues for quality training of microbiologists, promote efficient health deliveries and help professionals harness the use of microorganism for several products.
President of the Association, Prof. Mohammed Yerima, who disclosed this while marking the 2020 International Day of Microorganism, said the yearly celebration was an opportunity to encourage the world to recognise the important role of these microorganisms in human health, culture and economic growth.
He lamented that the society has been relegated due to the none passage of the bill by the National Assembly, adding that the association should have been the first to respond to diseases, particularly the COVID-19, as it is done in other climes.
According to him, microorganisms responsible for these infectious diseases, are found everywhere in the environment, noting that it is the role of microbiologists to be at the forefront of efforts to understand and curb this disease.