….Minister promises job opportunity
By Hassan Zaggi
The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has inducted 506 foreign trained doctors and has given them licence to practice in Nigeria.
903 students sat for the October/November 2018 MDCN assessment examination but only 506 were adjudged to have passed the exams.
Speaking, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole promised speedy job opportunity for the young doctors.
He assured that his ministry in partnership MDCN will assist them in getting placement so as to ensure that no doctor roams about the street for want of a place to work.
He assured them that the government will support them and ensure that they do not practice under unfavourable conditions.
On his part, the Chairman of the MDCN, Prof. Abba Waziri Hassan, noted that the essence of the assessment examination was to ensure that the foreign trained graduates have acquired academic and clinical skills comparable with those trained in the country.
Hassan reiterated that the safety of the patient had always been the objective and cardinal essence of the existence of council.
“Today 506 doctors are being inducted. This is the number that has passed the assessment examination out of the total of 903. This represents a pass rate of 56%. This is the best result reflecting on the pass rate from April 2017 to April 2018 where the pass rate ranged between 16% to 48.5%.”
On his part, the guest Lecturer, Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako, warned the inductees on the need to think outside the box, and not wait for what the country can give to them but what they can do for the country.
He stressed that currently, the country is sick and it requires what they can do to address the situation.