By Dayo Adesulu
The Nigerian Anatomy Act would come under intense scrutiny as over 400 anatomists from 55 private and public universities offering anatomy would converge in Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo this Tuesday.
The chairman of the local organizing committee, Professor Jide Desalu, who disclosed this on Thursday, said there was an urgent need for the society to close ranks and see to the amendment of the anatomy act to meet the needs of the 21st century.
For this reason, according to him, the keynote speaker for the event would be no other person than the majority leader of the House of Representative, Hon. Femi Gbajabimila.
In addition, a retired United Nations Organisation’s official, Professor Oladapo Walker and an official of the federal ministry of health, Mr. Wole Afolayan would deliver lead papers at the two plenary sessions.
Professor Walker, who is a Babcock University lecturer would dwell on Anatomy as a basic medical science: Re-positing for cutting edge research and innovation with Afolayan speaking on Anatomy in the context of the global sustainable development goals.
Professor Walker’s presentation, among other things, would examine anatomy as basic medical science from fundamental perspectives while Afolayan’s paper would examine the present state of anatomy in Nigeria.
According to Professor Adesalu, the over 80 year’s old act that has never been amended since its enactment would be a subject both for academic and professional experts in the field to analyse and situate against the modern trends in medical discoveries.
“This is the time for specific answers to be provided for what the Nigerian anatomist is to be.”
“We should have a fundamental philosophy for their training. We cannot pretend that we are far from answering these questions right now.”
This, in addition to several other important factors, according to him, underline the uniqueness and significance of this year’s conference with the theme, Anatomy Act: What Next?
The organisers express the view that Babcock University would remain a landmark in the history of Anatomical Society of Nigeria, especially as a turning point and new beginning for the Nigerian anatomist.
“This is the time to make a difference in the life of the many undergraduate students graduating annually but without being mentioned in any public announcement for employment.”
This, according to the society, remained the only way to justify the essence of training and the prospective professional destination of the Nigerian anatomist.