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OMOTUYI: THE MARTYR OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE IN NIGERIA
Olufunke Folashade Gbonjubola Omotuyi was born on October 18, 1956 at Ibaka, Oka- Akoko in Ondo State, Nigeria. Gbonjubola attended St. Theresa’s Girls College, Ibadan, where she finished with Grade 1 in her West African School Certificate (WASC) examination, having distinctions in Mathematics, English and science subjects.
That feat opened up her career path as Western State Health Ministry offered her a Laboratory Technologist in training job at Adeoyo State Hospital, Ibadan, from where she gained admission into School of Medical Laboratory Technology, University College Hospital, Ibadan.
After graduation, Gbonjubola returned to Adeoyo State Hospital, Ibadan, as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in 1982. To sate her thirst for knowledge, she went back to University of Ibadan (UI) for a master’s degree programme in biochemistry. She was promoted as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 at Adeoyo State Hospital, Ibadan, before moving to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, where she served as a Quality Control Analyst in the Department of Pharmacy. Thereafter, she taught chemical pathology and microbiology at the School of Medical Laboratory Science.
In 1996, she joined the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology (IMLT), now Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), as a Principal Education Officer where she rose to become a Director in the Department of Practitioners Regulations and Discipline. She was appointed Acting Registrar/ CEO of the outfit in 2010. She was reappointed the Acting Registrar by the Health Minister on February 25, 2016, being the most senior director.
She married Venerable Oluwole Omotuyi and they were blessed with two children.
She was murdered in cold blood in her Abuja residence on June 8, 2016. She will be remembered for her forthrightness, principle, dedication, service and belief in God.