Association Accuses UNICAL of Bias Against Medical Lab Students

Main Entrance, UNICAL. Photo: Schoolings
Main Entrance, UNICAL. Photo: Schoolings

The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria has disclosed that pathologists at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, denied medical laboratory students the use of the institution’s lab for training.

The association claimed that the Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ikpeme Asanye, and the Chairman of the Medical and Advisory Committee, Prof. Ogbu Ngim were responsible for the refusal.

The National Publicity Secretary of the association, Casmir Cajetan, while speaking at a briefing held in FCT Abuja, stated that the management of the teaching hospital had also resorted to molesting medical lab scientists in the institution.

Cajetan described the action as a disruption of the peace and routine health care activities in the teaching hospital.

He made it known that the pathologists on the 5th of September, 2019, ordered the workers and students on medical lab training out of the labs in the institution, locked up the facilities and deployed armed men to guard the gates.

“Fracas ensued when the students on training, who were denied access to the laboratories, noticed that their counterparts, who are students of medicine from UNICAL and who did not possess identification cards, were granted access to the laboratories.

“A number of our members, including two nursing mothers who were arrested and held in police detention on the order of the CMD, were denied bail,” he stated.

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