Medical laboratory scientists demand safety for health workers


The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMSLN) on Tuesday urged government at all levels to provide adequate security for all categories of health workers.

Alhaji Tosin Raheem, the National President of the association, made the call at a “Day of Tributes and Prayer” for the late Mrs Olufunke Omotuyi, the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria.

The event was organised by the Lagos State council of the association and LUTH chapter in honour of the late Omotuyi in Lagos.

According to him, law enforcement agencies must ensure safety of every individual in the country, especially the health workers.
It was reported that the late Omotuyi was killed by assailants at about 4 a.m on June 8, at her residence in Apo Quarters, Abuja.
Raheem, in his tributes, described the deceased as “a quiet, humble and peaceful woman”.

According to him, one can hardly hear her raising her voice or display any form of aggression or annoyance against anyone, no matter the situation.
“She was a believer who did not believe in power and struggle for any mundane or worldly issues.
“She can hardly hurt a fly. I then wonder what is the motive of her killer(s).
“We strongly believe that she came to this world humbly, lived humbly and peacefully, and has left her indelible footprints on the sands of time.
“Her footprints are indelible in the medical laboratory science in terms of professionalism, human capital and infrastructure developments,” he said.

Also, Mr Adejinmi Adejare, the LUTH Chairman of the association, commended the late Omotuyi for her dedication to duty and professionalism.
Adejare said: “She was never bothered about position, but she served everybody with humility and level of endurance to the end.”
Until her demise, Omotuyi was also a former Deputy Director of Medical Laboratory Service, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos.