30 June 2014

Nigeria: Lab Scientists Dare NMA Over Equipment Import

Abuja — In reaction to the demand by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to withdraw the circular authorising the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) to approve licences for the importation of In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs), the Association of Medical Lab Scientists has told the NMA to go court rather than threatening the CBN.

President of the association, Godswill Okara, stated this at a media briefing in Abuja, Sunday.

"If NMA feels very strongly about what it is talking about, let them go to court and contest it and they will see the way they will be floored," he stressed.

He, however, warned that if the CBN succumbs to the pressure and threat by the NMA and withdraws the circular, his association would challenge the withdrawal in court.

Okara further advised the NMA "to subject herself to the rule of law, put ego-tripping aside and embrace laudable objectives that will improve the health sector of our country.

"The old concept of the patient belonging to the doctor is now outdated and relates only to the medieval era.

"The quest to demand for what it wants and also turn around to dictate what others should be given is to say the least reprehensible and nihilistic," he further stated.

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