THE ASSOCIATION of
Medical Laboratory Scientists of
Nigeria, AMLSCN, has warned
the Minister of Health, Professor
Issac Adewole against a possible
anarchy in the health sector if the
rule of law he fails to demonstrate
his concern for the rule of rule as
regards judgments.
In a press statement signed
by the National President of the
association, Alhaji Raheem Toyosi,
and the National Secretary, Dr
Surajudeen Junaid and sent to
Nigerian Pilot yesterday, the
health minister was urged obey
the court order compelling him
to issue a circular to all Chief
Medical Directors, CMDs and
Medical Directors, MDs of tertiary
health institutions in the country
to remove all Pathologists and
persons not in that field from the
Medical Laboratory departments.
The statement read, ‘’We are
glad that Justice M. N. Esowe
at the NICN, Abuja in her
judgment on Friday February
17, 2017 expressly directed the
CMD and the DA of JUTH-Prof.
Edmund Bangwas and Ali Bitrus
respectively to within30days,
remove all Pathologists and all
persons not allowed by the LFN
Cap M25, LFN, 2004 (MLSCN Act)
to be in the Medical Laboratory
Services department from the
Laboratory failing which they
shall be committed straight to the
prison. The Judgment also applied
to FETHA, UNTH, NAUTH, and
NOH Enugu.
The Minister of Health Professor
Isaac Adewole was also directed in
the judgment to issue appropriate
circular directing all CMDs/MDs of
Federal tertiary health Institutions
to comply with the court orders, it
said.
The AMLSN further compelled
the minister to demonstrate his
concern for the rule of law in the
country by obeying to judgment.
‘’It will be recalled that a similar
circular ref C.5516/I/T3/152 dated
21st October, 2014 was released
at that time. The circular was
signed by the then Permanent
Secretary of the Federal Ministry
of Health, Mr Linus Awute
following compliance to a NICN
court judgment of July 22nd, 2013-
on appointment of non-medical
doctor as Consultants/payment
of specialists allowance by the
Federal Ministry of Health.
The association therefore warned
the minister not to blackmail the
present government by creating
an impression that it has no respect
for the rule of law by his actions.

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