By Marok Nuhu Haruna, Kaduna
The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria,19 Northern States chapter has called on Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai to intervene over what they described as a blackmail of their members in the state owned hospital.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday which had their embers drawned from Kaduna, Kebbi, Jos, Maiduguri and FCT, the group alleged that their image has been battered.
“Our members have been blackmail at the Borau Dikko Teaching Hospital in Kaduna. We are shocked today, to hear that our members and senior colleagues at the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital (BDTH) Kaduna are recalcitrant as conveyed in the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services in a memo with number, Ref: MOH/ADM/56/6.”
“Upon our investigation, we discovered that this blackmail is untrue, unfounded and seemingly malicious. We realized that there is a dispute between the Medical Laboratory Scientist and the Pathologist which has culminated in a biased and the punitive re-deployment of high calibre Medical Laboratory Scientists,” the chairman of the association, Abdulsalam Yakubu said.
The group said it has gathered that the said dispute is a subject of litigation at the National Industrial Court ( NIC).
“We therefore, cannot comment on the merit or otherwise of the substantive matter pending in court. However, we condemn the appalling fabrication and the misrepresentation of the characters of our colleagues at BDTH in order to justify calculated actions to intimidate and harass them.”
“This particular action by both the authorities of the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services and the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital is not in the best interest of the Hospital and that of the general public. The affected staff are highly skilled Medical Laboratory Scientists with specialized training on the operations of some Hi-tech Medical Laboratory Equipment.”
“The sudden deployment of these staff albeit for no justifiable reason will no doubt compromise services to patients and other members of the public at the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital,” the group added.
The group said it is unfortunate that international donors and partners would expend funds to provide specialized testing equipment and training of personnel and the authorities of BDTH will make nonsense of such noble interventions and investment.
“The forum of the 19 Northern States and FCT of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria condemned in totality the cheap blackmail and character assassination of our members, and the reckless use of Civil Service authority without due consideration of its impact on service delivery to the public.”
“The forum wish to call on the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Mallam Nasiru El-rufai to investigate this ugly development at BDTH, Kaduna and get to the root of the matter and salvage BDTH from the shackles of maladministration and administrative recklessness.”
“We are confident, knowing the antecedents of his Excellency as a thorough and no nonsense administrator that he will do the needful in the prevailing circumstance and not allow the name of his administration to be ridiculed,” the group said.