Of the 686 foreign trained doctors who wrote the assessment test of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) No fewer than 447 failed the assessment test.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the examination was conducted at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Nov. 2017.
Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health while decrying the poor performance of the foreign trained medical and dental graduates said the examinations is aimed at ensuring that the standard of training obtained abroad by candidates measured up to the standard of training in Nigeria.
Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in Abuja on Thursday while inducting the 243 successful medical doctors and six dental graduates that participated at the remedial course and assessment.
Adewole represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Clement Uwaifo expressed worry that of the 686 medical and 10 dental candidates who took the examination, only 249 were successful.
The minister also attributed the poor performance of the candidates to poor standard of foreign institutions they were trained.
“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 said.
The minister, who congratulated the inductees on their success, however, urged the practitioners to engage in continuous learning.
“I urge you to obtain consultation and use the talent of other health professionals when it is needed or necessary.
“ Inductee must appreciate the need for referral of patients when it is required.
“Proper functioning of referral system can make for effective and efficient delivery of health services and failure to refer when such is necessary constitute professional misconduct,’’ Adewole said.
In his remarks, Prof. Mike Ogirima, President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), urged the practitioners not to sacrifice their health for anything.
Ogirima urged the government to make health institutions conducive for practitioners in order to forestall brain drain.