Buhari’s Administration Condemned Woeful Performance Of Nigerian Medical Students Who Finished From Foreign Institutions
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The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed its disappointment over the woeful performance of Nigerian medical graduates from foreign institutions in the recently held assessment of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN)
The administration expressed this rude shock through the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole today in Abuja during the induction of 243 medical doctors and six dental graduates who have successfully completed their programmes.
Some of the medical graduates came out in flying colours in the just concluded remedial course and assessment which was held at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in November last year while some of them, (especially the foreign trained ones) performed woefully.
The assessment was held in order to ensure that the level of training acquired abroad is up to the level of training acquired domestically in the medical field.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry of health, Mr Clement Uwaifo, who stood in for the Minister disclosed that out of the 686 medical and 10 dental candidates who participated in the test, only 249 scaled through.
This performance according to the minister is something to be worried about by the Nigerian government and the parents of the students as he attached their woeful performance to the foreign institution where they obtained their training.
In his words, “The success of 243 out of 686 medical and six out of 10 dental foreign-trained candidates at the remedial course and assessment examination of MDCN is worrisome.”
“It is disheartening for me to hear that certain candidates are not able to pass the examination of the MDCN because the institutions are not listed in the world directory of medical schools.”
“It is important that parents and prospective medical and dental students are well guided to prevent disappointment in foreign training that will lead to their not being able to get registered and practice in Nigeria.’’
He, however, advised parents to ensure that their children are sent to good schools in order for them to obtain proper training.
He also beckoned on the president not to relent in his effort of making sure that medical practitioners have access to a conducive environment for the practice of their profession.