The Vice Chancellor of Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba has charged the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) to identify and isolate quacks in their profession in order to improve the wellbeing of Nigerians.

The Vice Chancellor led the charge recently when the executive, elders council and other important actors of the association led by their National President, Alhaji Toyosi Y. Raheem paid a courtesy call on him.

Rep. of VC, Prof. Sunday Elom (4th R) in a group picture with elders’ council of AMLSN

Represented by his deputy Prof Sunday Elom, the Vice Chancellor decried the proliferation of medical laboratories in the country, noting that most of them were being manned by unqualified people or ordinary technicians.

“There are many quacks in the system and even doctors are prescribing drugs without laboratory investigations, which is not healthy for patients”, he stated.

He maintained that until this anomaly is tackled the Medical Laboratory Science profession would not occupy its pride position in the Nigerian health sector.

L-R: National President, AMLSN, Alhaji Toyosi Y. Raheem and rep. of FUNAI VC, Prof, Sunday Elom during the visit

The Vice Chancellor therefore urged the association to approach the National Assembly with a bill that would make it compulsory for doctors to wait for laboratory investigations before making prescriptions for patients. He equally assured the association of the University’s support, stressing that it has been meeting its obligations to members of the association working in the University.

“FUNAI is compliant to all the requirements of medical science. We do the right things at the right time”, the Vice Chancellor stated.

Earlier, the National President of the association had expressed their satisfaction on the infrastructural development going on in the University. He further stated that their visit was to meet, interact and brainstorm with policy makers and their members in order to improve the practice of Medical Laboratory Science in Nigeria.

National President, AMLSN, Alhaji Yoyosi Y. Raheem speaking during the visit

The President also noted that the association was interested in translational health research through collaborative efforts with all critical stakeholders in the health sector, calling on the University to establish faculty of medical laboratory


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