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MDCN flays foreign trained doctors’ performance as 496 fail professional exam

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THE Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) says a total of 496 foreign trained medical and dental graduates failed the assessment examination conducted by the medical council.

  Disclosing this to newsmen on Tuesday, during the formal inauguration of the MDCN’s 1000 seater auditorium and induction ceremony for foreign medical and dental graduates, Chairman of Board of MDCN, Abba Waziri Hassan said  the poor performance of the foreign medical doctors was a reflection of the quality of training they received in some of the countries abroad.

  According to the MDCN Chairman, the test was conducted at the Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto, in November 2021.

  Explaining the category of the examination, the group says the assessment is mandatory for all foreign trained medical doctors wishing to obtain certification to practice in Nigeria.

  “A total of 826 medical and dental candidates appeared for the examination. Out of this number, 341 medical doctors, representing 41.3 per cent and 16 dental surgeons, representing 53.3 per cent passed, giving a grand total of 357,” Hassan said.

  He noted that overall percentage pass was lower than the previous one held in June 2020, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State.

  He added: “The above is a reflection of the quality of training they received in some of those countries abroad. It is very important for those sponsoring students for overseas training to seek guidance from the MDCN and NUC as to which medical or dental schools abroad are considered of good standards.”

He advised that schools’ guide which is available on the MDCN website and world directorate of medical schools (WDMS), be consulted while making choice of possible medical study places.

  According to the medical boss, MDCN equally decided to publish on its website the curriculum for the training which was developed by the MDCN committee on the attachment programme to guide the candidates in preparation for future examinations.

  He noted that the conduct of the examination had been under a very transparent manner in partnership with Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which handled the Computer Based Test (CBT) part of the examination.

  Hassan, however, accepted that going abroad for medical study or any other courses of study may not be entirely wrong. “As long as there are not enough vacancies to absorb qualified candidates, “in our medical and dental colleges, some have to go abroad for Medical and Dental training.”

 He advised that the efforts being made by the MDCN and the NUC to increase carrying capacities of the existing medical and dental colleges in the country be sustained.

“We encourage both government and private individuals to establish new medical and dental schools. Parents, guardians and state governments should be cautious as to which schools or countries to send their wards for training,” Hassan stated.

 The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who was represented at occasion by the permanent secretary, said maintenance of standards in the medical professiol was a major way for curbing foreign medical trips by Nigeria.

 The minister charged the MDCN to effectively perform its function of regulating medical and dental practice.

 He emphasised that effective regulation would certainly lead to the production of high quality of doctors and dentists and stem the menace of quakery in the professions.

“I therefore implore the MDCN to take the issue of accreditation of training institutions more serious to ensure that only those that meet accreditation requirements train our doctors, and ensure that only fit and proper persons are admitted into the noble profession through proper screening,” he said.

 The Health Minister advised the inductees to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Code of Medical Ethics in the discharge of their professional duties.

 He added that outward-bound medical tourism would be curtailed when proper training of the professionals and adherence to ethics strictly followed, thereby, making Nigeria a medical tourism destination in Africa.

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