No fewer than 34 laboratories have been sealed by the leadership of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) as three persons were arrested and handed over to the police for practicing below the required medical standards.
Addressing newsmen at the Osun State Ministry of Health on Friday, the Head of Inspection unit of MLSCN, James Ogbeche disclosed that 71 medical laboratories were inspected by his team during a 5-day inspection across the state, noting that four laboratories were closed for operating in a manner that posed risk to human health.
He said three lab scientists who were operating illegally were arrested and will soon be prosecuted by the police.
Ogbeche said: “The team had combed the nooks and crannies of the state to ensure that medical laboratory facilities in the state are fit for purpose and operating according to high ethical standards, which MLSCN considers to be sacrosanct.
“The team has visited various towns in the State, including Osogbo, Iwo, Ejigbo, Ilesha, Ijebu-Ijesha, Ife, Modakeke, Ede etc. 31 laboratories meet up with the requirement to practice, two medical laboratories denied our team access to their facilities.”
He noted that ‘’the team sealed the 34 laboratories and made the arrest of laboratory scientists because some of them failed to register nor was licensed, absence of safety manual, lack of essential laboratory equipment, laboratory scientists turned kitchen to a laboratory with edible food and plates in it among others. ‘’
Ogbeche promised that the council would pursue the prosecution of the arrested culprits and monitor the sealed ones to ensure that they did not open back illegally.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, appreciated the team for their efforts to ensure the safety of the people, warning those that are still operating illegal laboratories to desist before they are caught.