MEDICAL IMAGING SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (MISON)
ABOUT US (HISTORY)
The name of the organization (society) is Medical Imaging Society of Nigeria (MISON).
The society was formed following a well thought out initiative of four of her members, whose progressive aims and objects were similar, to her numerous members nationwide. This was to answer a clarion call for the formation of a society or organization to accommodate the professional struggle in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. These members include Mr. Chukwu Frank (1KG), Mr. UbadighaI kenna, Mr. Uzosike ASC and Mr. Akukwe Olisaemeka. These four members had their first gathering on 1st June, 1999 at Mr. Ikenna Ubadigha’s residence in Abuja Nigeria.
It now commands membership all over the federation and in the diaspora.
The aims and objectives include:
- To promote and develop the art and science of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, (Radiography, Sonography, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Echocardiography, and all other related imaging disciplines).
- To develop and institutionalize best practices in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences practice In Nigeria and encourage up-to-date standards of training and education in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.
- To create an information super-high way for exchange of Real Time Information(RTI) and data on matters affecting the practice of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.
- To develop a Pan-African, Caribbean pacific co-operation in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.
- To share ‘Best Practice’ data with professional bodies both in Africa and in other continents of the World.
- To promote international co-operation in all fields of Science
- To engage in national discuss on policies affecting the Health Sector and indeed, the various sectors of the economy that may have a bearing in the training and practice of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences and other related disciplines.
- To create and hold funds which shall be available for furthering the objectives of the society while at the same time being a charitable organization
- To carry on all such other activities as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the foregoing objectives. -
Formal inauguration of this society took place during an inaugural meeting that held on the 9th of October 1999, at Garki Hospital Conference Hall, Abuja Nigeria.
REGISTRATION OF MEDICAL IMAGING SOCIETY OF NIGERIA WITH CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (2003)
It became imperative in the wisdom of founding members, to register the association with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria (CAC), in Abuja. CAC is the legal entity authorized to oversee such registrations in Nigeria. MISON’s imminent registration was a big hurdle because of the opposition and antagonism from Nigerian Medical Association, who wrote to the CAC that the word ‘Medical’ is only meant for doctors alone. In their letter to CAC, they also asserted that Radiography is not a medical profession, but a group of health worker (technicians) used as a subset in the hospitals to assist the medical doctors.
These information made the CAC suspend the registration of MISON for more than two years, until the MISON President MR. Frank Chukwu, Hon Ketandu Oje(in charge of training and establishment), Hon. Eteng Phillip (member BOT), Hon. Akukwe Olisa (National Secretary)etc, engaged the services of a lawyer to challenge vehemently this malignant misinformation and misconception.
Ultimately to God’s glory, MISON won the case and was officially registered by CAC in 2003. The effort of these gladiators shall never be in vain.
A. MISON was born out of necessity. MISON had to fight to stop B.S.C holders from writing Diploma exam in order to get registered and licensed. Abinitio, it was a regulation of the then board of Radiography in Nigeria that after one passed through rigorous academic programme in the University, he or she was compelled to write a board exam set by Diploma holders, before being licensed to practice. MISON not only abhorred the ambiguous nature of such examination, but also its political undertone thus criticized it and vehemently fought for its stoppage knowing that BSC certification is higher than any diploma certification anywhere in the World.
MISON FOUGHT FOR THE INSTITUTION OF THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
Medical Imaging Society of Nigeria ensured she was at par with other 5-year Allied Health/ Medical professions like Pharmacy, Medical Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, etc. MISON achieved this by making a strong case to the Federal Ministry of Health in year 2000/2003, this led to the institution of a compulsory 1-year INTERNSHIP programme for all graduates of Medical Radiography and Radiation Sciences.
MISON FOUGHT AND ACHIEVED THE INITIAL GRADE LEVEL 9 ENTRY LEVEL AND DIRECTOR CADRE GRADE LEVEL 17 IN OUR PROFESSION (Scheme of Service 2003)
Ab initio, Radiographers( both BSC and DCR ), were placed in GL 8 at par with the Diploma level. However, with much agitation from MISON graduates with BSc and its equivalent, got a similar Scheme of Service added to the profession, creating a window for migration from diploma cader to BSc and beyond. The Medical Imaging Scientist scheme starts from GL 9 to GL 17 (Director Cadre).
MISON UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR IKENNA UBADIGHA AND MRS IFEOMA NWACHUKWU-IKETE, MOTIVATED THE PRACTICE OF ULTRASOUND SCAN BY OUR COLLEAGUES IN BOTH GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS by convincing the then Government to include it in the current Scheme of Service.
MISON WORKED ASSIDIOUSLY TO STOP DIPLOMA HOLDERS FROM SCHOOL OF RADIOGRAPHY, LAGOS FROM PROCEEDING ON NYSC THUS FORCING RRBN TO AFFILIATE THEM WITH UNILAG AND END THE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME IN THE PROFESSION:
The notion by some people that Diploma was equivalent to BSc, made the graduates of school of Radiography to embark on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), which is programme designed for BSc/HND graduates. MISON saw the need to stop diploma school and affiliate them to University of Lagos thereby affirming to the Government that the profession has risen to greater heights and should not be seen as a diploma profession any more.
MISON petitioned and saved the profession from national ridicule, by forcing the former Registrar of RRBN,to vacate his position as Registrar after serving there for two terms of 4 years each, and was already 2 years into a third term, contrary to existing legislation on public office holders. This was after some ARN council members and the RRBN board approved an illegal, illegitimate and irresponsible tenure elongation for the man, after he had served for full eight years. This was done under the leadership of Hon. Frank Chukwu IKG as MISON president in 2013.
MISON AFFLIATE (MRI PRACTITIONERS ASSOCIATION) In 2017 championed by its dynamic national secretary Hon Emma Ngwu, the MRI Practitioners Association, took up the defense of our profession and the Registrar of RRBN after he/us were malignantly insulted and slandered by a sister association, Nigeria Medical Association in its publication Jan 2017 .
Also, in line with the above, Mr Stanley Chima Ibe, coordinator of MISON in Delta State, granted an interview to the Sun Newspapers where he corrected some misconceptions about our profession as well as highlighted the autonomous nature of the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences profession. This was published in January 2017.
MISON currently in court over autonomy, on behalf of the profession.
MISON strived to do all these because it is the only active Trade Union/pressure group that Radiography/Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences have in Nigeria.