Unregistered medical labs shut down by FG

Unregistered medical labs shut down by FG
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MLSCN charged to work hard towards discharging their statutory duties.

There has been an evident surge in the number of unregistered medical laboratories around the country which have negatively affected the health sector. As indicated by the National Medical Laboratory Scientists and the Ministry of Health, this problem has led to the imminent nationwide clampdown of all unregistered laboratories as well as the perpetrators of these unethical practices. This measure is posed to help curb the menace of bad practices that has ravaged the health sector, endangering the lives of numerous individuals.

Recently, the rate of quackery and unregistered medical personnel in Nigeria has become increasingly worrying. In fact, surveys indicate that more than 50 percent of the Nigerian population have in one way, or another have received treatment from an unqualified medical personal or in an unregistered medical laboratory, which provides a trajectory for understanding how deep this menace has eaten into the health sector’s fabrics, as well as the low ranking that our healthcare system has received globally.

Policies for the comprehensive running of MLSCN to be formulated.

Joseph Ekumankama, the Minister of State of Health has however notified the general public of the Federal Government’s intention to shut down every unregistered medical laboratory in the country. This was duly stated to the management and staff of the Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria, charging them to continue working hard towards discharging their statutory duties. This was said at the council courtesy meeting, headed by Dr. Tosan Erhabor, at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Abuja.

The Minister asserted, in a statement made available by Ahmed Chindaya, the Director of Press, Ministry of Health, that the needed policies to ensure the comprehensive running of the council would be formulated. In the statement, the Minister, appreciative of the visit assured that the Ministry would increase needed supports and backings for the actualization of the council’s mandates and responsibilities. He further assured that the schemes to accomplishing the President’s plan for the health sector was underway.

Ekumankama encourages members to work hard for sector’s improvement.

Going forward, Ekumankama appealed to all the members to not regress in the course of their hard works, encouraging them to push more boundaries and spend more time working, so as to ensure the sector’s improvement. Responding to the issues and requests of unregistered laboratories raised by the members of the council, the Minister noted that the imbibed act governing the council was enough to enable them to ensure the regulation of laboratories in hospitals across the country and nothing should restrain them from doing this.

He however asserted that all healthcare centers under the Federal Ministry of Health must be the first set to implement the full provisions of the law, as well as the laboratories in the state hospitals noting that medical laboratories not registered with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria will be shut down. Also, on the validation of the In Vitro Diagnostics in Nigeria, the Minister indicated the full support of the Ministry of Health for the MLSCN’s implementation, monitoring and enforcement of everything related with the regulation of laboratory products.

Ministry to resolve non-registration of government agencies.

He also noted that the Ministry would resolve the non-registration of government agencies. Talking on the problem of quality assurance, he stated that all medical laboratories across the country must adhere to due process and ensure their registration with MLSCN, or risk being clamped down. Also, MLSCN’s Registrar, Dr. Tosan Erhabor, whilst congratulating the Minister on his appointment, noted that it is MLSCN’s responsibility to ensure the regulation of the Medical Laboratory Science Profession in the country, as well as setting the standards for practice.


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Ask Nigeria
11 days ago

Unregistered medical labs shut down by FG – MLSCN charged to work hard towards discharging their statutory duties. – Express your point of view.

SarahDiv
Member
9 days ago

I support the shutting down of unregistered medical labs by FG to avoid quackery and unregistered medical personnel in Nigeria.

DimOla
Member
9 days ago

The high rate of quackery and unregistered medical personnel in Nigeria should be worrisome and needed clamping down of unregistered labs otherwise it will lead to wrong applications of medical practices.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
10 days ago

Government need to do proper checking on all this facility and close the unregister ones.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
10 days ago

This is good as it will help reduce the spread of fake medicines and help hunt down illegal chemists, nice idea from the government

Last edited 10 days ago by Godsewill Ifeanyi
Kazeem1
Member
10 days ago

It is the role of the MLSCN to ensure that the Medical Laboratory Science Profession in the country is regulated, in addition to setting the criteria for how the profession should be practised.

Chibuzor
Member
10 days ago

The complete terms of the law must first be implemented in every healthcare facility that falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Adesanyaj72
Member
10 days ago

The Minister stated that the statute that governs the council that was imbibed was sufficient to enable them to ensure the control of laboratories in hospitals throughout the country and that nothing should prevent them from accomplishing this.

Taiwoo
Member
10 days ago

Thy should inform the general public of the intention of the Federal Government to close down all unregistered medical laboratories across the country

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
10 days ago

In recent years, the prevalence of both quackery and unregistered medical staff in Nigeria has become a source of growing concern.

Ultra0711
Member
10 days ago

These unregistered health center are filled with quack doctor and nurse closing them down is a smart move to save peoples life that may fall victim.

Hassan Isa
Member
10 days ago

Around the country, there has been a discernible increase in the number of medical laboratories that are not registered, which has had a negative impact on the health industry.

Christiana
Member
10 days ago

The number of unregistered laboratories we have is this country is outrageous, the government needs to take action and not just talk about it.

Tolaniiii
Member
10 days ago

This is a good initiative from the government, these unregistered laboratories should be completely cleared out. They are definitely unregistered because they are not well grounded.

Bola12
Member
10 days ago

The unregistered labs should definitely be shut down, these guys deal with health, which is something very sensitive, a little mistake from them can cause huge catastrophe

Tonerol10
Member
10 days ago

All this unregistered healthcare has been for a long time.It is important that every medical labs are experienced and registered. Our life is more important to be joking with. Biko

Adeolastan
Member
10 days ago

All this unregister healthcare facilities has been in existence for so long and this is not good for the health sector,either medical laboratory, pharmaceutical shop or hospital because lots of people have died through this.Government need to do proper checking on all this facility and close the unregister ones.

Haykaylyon26
Member
10 days ago

The health sector need to approach this matter well the unregistered medical lab it cause alot and people life is at risk

theApr
Member
10 days ago

The health sector is a delicate one and should be given with uttermost attention. Aside numerous unregistered med labs, there are also numerous unregistered health facilities (esp in rural areas)rendering highly substandard services to people. Lot of people have lost their lifes to these wack hospitals with quack doctors. Sadly, their victims are usually the financially vulnerable ones because that’s what they can afford. The government should ensure a standard for health facilities and ensure it’s maintained.

Remi1
Member
10 days ago

The rate of quackery and unregistered medical personnel in Nigeria has become increasingly worrying. It has affected the health sector negatively, putting lives at risk. This menace of bad practices that has ravaged the health sector, endangering the lives of numerous individuals must be combated

jdpumping
Member
10 days ago

This is a welcome to and more needs to be done concerning this in order to save life’s and destruction of homes because some of the results gotten from such laboratories has caused more damage to the populace.

Abusi
Member
10 days ago

It is important that every medical labs used for experiment should actually be registered. This is to ensure legality and to show they are well recognized to make use of the laboratory. Thus, the government has the right to close the ones not registered.