Nigeria: Abiola Fashina Emerges Winner of Isn Medical Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award 2020

Mr Fashina and other winners get cash prizes, training opportunities and donation of medical supplies.

Abiola Fashina, a medical laboratory scientist who works at the University of Lagos Medical Centre has emerged the winner of the maiden edition of the ISN Medical Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award instituted to recognize and reward the unsung heroes (Medical Laboratory Scientists) of medical practice in Nigeria.

Mr Fashina was declared the winner of the prestigious award at the grand finale held on Friday, November 27, 2020, at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

ISN Products Nigeria Ltd, the convener of the award, is the leading supplier of medical diagnostic products and services in Nigeria and has been in operation for over 3 decades.

For emerging the winner of the inaugural edition of the award, Fashina would receive a cash prize of One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00), a Capacity Development Training, and a donation of Medical Lab Equipment/Reagents worth One Million Naira to the Laboratory or Hospital where he works.

Anayo Chidobu, who works with El-Lab Laboratories, Lagos State emerged the first runner-up going home with a cash prize of Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N750, 000.00) and a Capacity Development Training opportunity while Yahaya Usman, an employee of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State emerged the second runner-up winning a cash prize of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000.00) and a Capacity Development Training opportunity.

The other 7 finalists were rewarded with a cash prize of N200,000 each.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Chief Executive Officer of Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Meta, Dr. Adedamola Dada, commended the company for instituting such a noble initiative and also appreciated the contribution of medical laboratory scientists who have continued to be a strong component of the health care system in Nigeria.

“We are indeed happy that ISN has taken it upon itself to recognize excellence among these subsets of health workers. We are equally pleased with the detailed effort and process used in arriving at the winner,” Dada added.

He, therefore, urged the top finalists including the winner to see their emergence as an opportunity to contribute more in advancing the quality of medical laboratory science practice in Nigeria.