94 Foreign Trained Medical Doctors Out Of 200 Pass Test To Enable Them Practice In Nigeria

In a bid to rid the country of medical practitioners who parade foreign earned certificates but are not adequately qualified, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), in July 2012, announced that no foreign trained Doctor will be allowed to practice in Nigeria from October 2012, except incontrovertible evidence is provided to prove that he or she could have practised in their country of study.

In keeping true to their words, the council recently organised an assessment test for such Doctors and out of 200 of them who sat for the tests, only 94 of them (Doctors and Dentists) reportedly ame out unscathed.

The MDCN registrar, Dr Udugbai Ilevbare, said the council wanted only practitioners “who are fit in terms of academic and other relevant conditions are registered to practice medicine and dentistry in Nigeria.”

He added that the council did not “want to unleash on unsuspecting Nigerian practitioners who are not well trained” and welcomed the successful doctors.

Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who spoke at their induction into the council, said the new crops of professionals stood to boost key human resources for health needed to realise the country’s national strategic health development plan.

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  • I BELIEVE THAT MANY FOREIGN TRAINED DOCTORS TRAINED UNDER DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT AND NEED ADAPTATION TRAINING TO PRACTICE IN NIGERIA.
    THE EXAMINATION MAY NOT REFLECT THEIR COMPETENCY AS A DOCTOR . IMAGINE A DOCTOR THAT TRAINED WHERE ALL HE TRAINED UPON ARE DISEASE NOT COMMON TO NIGERIA ENVIRONMENT, AND NON TROPICAL DISEASES, A DOCTOR THAT HAS NEVER SEEN MALARIA OR TETANUS WHILE IN TRAINING. THAT IS FAMILIAR ONLY TO THE LIKES OF NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASES HEART DISEASES ,RHEUMATICS DISEASES, FOREIGN GENETIC DISEASES etc, WITH AVAILABILITY OF DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY AND EQUIPMENT TO RELY ON, HE OR SHE MAY BE AT LOSS IN NIGERIA, WHERE SUCH ENVIRONMENT IS NOT AVAILABLE AND SOME OF THE AVAILABLE ONE ARE NOT RELIABLE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF DISEASES.
    THE DEATH OF CHIEF GANI FAWEHINMI WAS SAID TO BE DUE TO LATE DIAGNOSIS OF HIS LUNG CONDITION, IN OTHER ENVIRONMENT THE CONDITION SHOULD HAVE BEEN DETECTED EARLIER, AS THEY WILL FOCUS ON NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, AND NOT INFECTIOUS DX AS IT WAS DONE.
    THE FACT THAT SOME NIGERIA CAN NOT IMMEDIATELY PASS THEIR EXAM TO PRACTICE IN OTHER COUNTRIES IS NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE BAD, IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PECULIARITY OF DISEASES IN THE NEW ENVIRONMENT.
    SOME OF THE FOREIGN TRAINED DOCTORS EVEN STUDIED IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE, NOT ENGLISH AND HAS TO FIRST TRANSLATE TO THE LANGUAGE THEY ARE TRAINED BEFORE ANSWERING A QUESTION.COMMON MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS IN THOSE LANGUAGES ARE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT APPLIES AT HOME
    IT IS MANDATORY FOR A FOREIGN DOCTOR TO HAVE A TEMPORARY REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE EVEN ON HEALTH MISSION, WHICH MOSTLY ARE SPECIALIST AND DIRECT.
    THERE IS NEED FOR FOREIGN TRAINED DOCTOR TO HAVE ORIENTATION/ADAPTATION COURSE/TRAINING BEFORE EMBARKING ON FULL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA.

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