By Moses Emorinken, Abuja
The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Thursday inducted 1,021 foreign trained medical and dental practitioners to join the much needed health sector workforce in the country.
Also, of the 1,401 graduates who undertook the examination, only 1,021 came out successful, with a pass rate of over 70 percent – the highest in the history of the examination.
Furthermore, following the Federal Government’s decision, the MDCN will now be in charge of the posting, placement and payment of house-officers’ emoluments. This responsibility was formerly carried out by the Federal Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and other accredited health institutions.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony of foreign trained medical and dental graduates in Abuja, the Chairman of the MDCN, Prof. Abba Hassan, said: “We appreciate all those who facilitated the conduction of the examination in November 2020 at the University College Hospital and the University of Ibadan. In this ceremony, initially a total of 1,406 candidates appeared for the examination consisting of 1,366 medical and 40 dental graduates. 991 medical and 30 Dental doctors passed the examination, giving a pass rate of over 70 percent. This is the best result in the record of this examination.
“I congratulate the candidates, parents and guardians, as well as staff of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. We appreciate the staff of University College Hospital and the University of Ibadan for providing the facilities and serene environment for a hitch-free examination.
“The Ministry of Health has approved the Federal Executive Council’s decision for central internship domiciled at MDCN. This decision will be implemented this year and you are advised to log-on the MDCN and website for guidance.”
In his address, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, said: “This is an addition to the health workforce in the country. MDCN has consistently and efficiently regulated the practice of medicine, dentistry and alternative medicine in a manner that has continued to safeguard best healthcare delivery for all Nigerians. In the pursuit of President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate, the health sector is particularly concerned with human capital development; to improve health outcomes among many other deliverables.
“The Federal Government envisions Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and to make it accessible and affordable to all Nigerians irrespective of their social status. Today’s induction is significant in that 1,021 practitioners, the highest in any single induction ceremony, will be added to the group of medical personnel that are already working to actualize this vision.
“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.
“The Federal Ministry of Health and the Budget Office of the Federation have approved in this year’s budget, funds for the payment of house-officers by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria effective from January 2021. MDCN is now charged with the posting, placement and payment of house officer’s emoluments. The responsibility which was hitherto carried out by the Federal Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and other accredited health institutions.”
The Registrar of the MDCN, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, while administering the Physicians Pledge to the inductees, urged them to practice their profession to the best of their ability, putting the health and well-being of their patients as a priority.
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