879 foreign-trained doctors, dentists join medical practice in Nigeria

Deborah Tolu-Kolawole

20 August 2021

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The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, on Thursday, in Abuja, inducted 862 foreign-trained medical and 17 dental graduates.

The details of the inductees were given by the Chairman, MDCN, Prof Waziri Hassan.
According to Hassan, 1,042 candidates presented themselves for the assessment organised by the MDCN in June 2021 at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

“A total of 1,042 graduates sat the examination; 1,019 medical graduates and 33 dental graduates out of which 862 medical graduates passed and 17 dental graduates passed, giving an overall pass rate of 83 per cent pass for the medical and 51 per cent for the dental graduates. This is the best result in the history of this examination,” he stated.

Hassan said plans were ongoing to improve the council’s infrastructure.

He said there was a plan to go on advocacy to the National Assembly for intervention.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, advised the newly-inaugurated practitioners to continue in the quest for knowledge while assuring them of equitable availability of housemanship training spaces.

He said, “I must remind all inductees that today is the beginning of a new phase in your lives; your professional lives begin today. Acquiring and increasing knowledge and skills should be a lifelong endeavour.

“In the same vein, the MDCN is already discussing with selected teaching hospitals in each of the six geo-political zones in the country to create opportunities to further equip the skills and knowledge of returning medical and dental graduates from abroad before participating in the assessment examination

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