A University Don, Dr. Tijani Adekilekun, has advocated for the amendment of the 1933 “anatomy Act” of Nigeria by the National Assembly.
Adekilekun, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy, Ekiti State University, EKSU, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti yesterday, said the Anatomy Act Cap 17 Laws of the Federation made since 1933 was moribund and overdue for a major review.
According to him, though the 83-year old law was amended via Order 47 of 1951; LN 131 of 1954; CAP 17 of 1990 as well as CAP A16 of 2010, no concrete change has ever occurred in its content and operations.
He, however, regretted that this was against what obtains in the laws guiding seven other health disciplines, despite the fact that Anatomy Act was the first health related Act ever made into laws of Nigeria.
According to him, the old anatomy law, if properly scrutinised and amended accordingly, would have the capacity to practically regulate issues relating to registration and licensing off practitioners, training and re-training as well as discipline.
“Despite the fact that Anatomy Act was the first health Act to be made into Nigerian Laws, it is still the least developed and the most neglected
“ While other health related laws made provision for establishment of regulatory bodies with full powers and adequate funding from the government, existing Anatomy Act does not even have any link to the Ministry of Health’, he said.
Adekilekun pointed out that even with the provision in the old laws that practising anatomists in Nigeria shall be licensed to practice their profession, not even the eldest anatomist in the country could provide an old copy of a single license to practice.
He suggested the timely need by Anatomists Society of Nigeria, ASN, and other health related professional bodies to join hands in advancing strategies for the amendment of the current Anatomy Act by the national assembly.