A university Don, Professor Oluwole Busayo Akinola has identified illegal mining activities in some parts of the country as a major factors causing brain damage and sub fertility and other complicated health problems among men
Akinola, a Professor of Human Anatomy of the Department of Human Anatomy, College of Health Science, University of Ilorin made this known while delivering the 213 inaugural lecture of the institution last weekend in llorin titled “human Anatomy Beyond Flesh and Bones” He explained that the illegal mining activities had increased the high morbidity and mortality in the affected communities including brain damage and male subfertility arising from lead toxicity admonished the government to regulates the activities of the miner’s to protect the mental and reproductive health of the the people pointing out that infertility is no more a women problems but also applicable to men Akinola further on the Federal Government to establish a forensic DNA databases and forensic laboratories across the country to check the high rates of crimes in the nation to assist the security agencies in their investigations
He emphasized that with the aid of forensic DNA profiling (DNA fingerprinting), it is easier to track and prosecute offenders, and by so doing enhance national security. added that graduates of the Anatomy degree programme are a source of skilled human resources that can be given short training to operate such forensic laboratories.
The Don, who had earlier said that human anatomy is much more than study of flesh and bones, stressed that modern anatomists actively contribute to emerging disciplines such as bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, proteomics and forensic science.
According to him, “Anatomy continues to take the traditional lead as one of the foundation courses in the undergraduate curricula of medical and allied health professions to ensure adequacy of material and human resources required for teaching and research in anatomical sciences.
“With continuous training and re-training and the availability of state of the art equipment, anatomists would always be in the frontier of promoting the health of the public through advanced research in virtually all fields of medical science through their involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education”, he said.
Prof. Akinola, however, urged that Universities in the country to pursue the establishment of electron and confocal microscopy suites for teaching and research purposes, to re-position morphologists to deliver beyond flesh and bones.