By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The Chairman of Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, ACMPN, Owerri Archdiocese, Dr. Phillip Njemanze, has raised alarm that the biocenology companies involved in embryonic stem cell research, are working very hard to ensure steady supply of human ovarian eggs and sperms for the industry, to perfect human organ cloning research.
Dr. Njemanze, who also doubles as Chairman of Global Prolife Alliance, GPA, confirmed that he had already addressed a letter to the President of the United Nations, UN, General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft.
Making particular reference to the National Health Act, NHA, 2014, and the Biosafety Act 2015, Dr. Njemanze argued that some sections of the Acts were designed to facilitate human ovarian eggs trafficking from Nigeria to the industrialized countries.
“The Act does not mandate obtaining human ovarian eggs from women under a consent clause by excluding gametes in the definition of tissue, in the interpretation section”, Njemanze said.
The fiery medical practitioner reasoned that since the 2014 National Health Act, which supposedly came to improve primary health care services, some stakeholders in the sector, have carefully reviewed the Act with serious concern.
“The Act fails to protect the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person, as enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal are public of Nigeria, as amended,” Njemanze said.