University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan
By Patrick Ugeh
The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) Monday threatened to bring healthcare services to a halt, following the alleged plan to undermine Medical Laboratory Services Directorate of the institution.
The association National Union of Pharmacists, and Professions Allied to Medicine alongside the Senior Staff Association of Teaching Hospitals would also take part in the strike.
President of the association, Dr. Godswill Okara, quoting a letter purportedly written by the UCH administration, said:
“In line with the current reform programme in the Ministry of health and by extension, the University College Hospital, Ibadan, the Deputy Chairman MAC positions on the advice of the Minister should be service-related and service-oriented. To this effect, Deputy Chairman, MAC (Laboratory) will henceforth be referred to as Deputy Chairman MAC Laboratory and Director of Laboratory services and this is with immediate effect.”
According to him, there was no provision in the scheme of service of physicians for a medical practitioner to be appointed as Director, Laboratory Service.
“The absence of justice, fairness and equity is a breeding ground for anarchy. Following the above development in UCH, the National Union of Pharmacists, Medical Laboratory Scientists and Professions Allied to Medicine as well as the Senior Staff Association of Teaching Hospitals have issued ultimatum to embark on strike action in UCH Management does not reverse the appointment and abolish the post of Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (Laboratory), who he earlier on appointed as Deputy Director, laboratory Services.
“If the anomalous appointments are not reversed forthwith within the stipulated time, I confirm and direct hereby that all medical laboratory Scientists in the employment of UCH will comply fully with the strike ultimatum issued by the two unions,” Okara said.
He said members of the association would mark the day across the states of the federation with free health screening tests in selected communities.
“This is a practical demonstration of the first IFBLS ethical obligation namely: Be dedicated to the use of biomedical laboratory science to benefit humanity. The 14-day ultimatum issued by the association expires on May 8, when the group plans to embark on strike at the institution,” he said.