The Federal government of Nigeria has frowned upon the poor performance of foreign-trained medical graduates at an assessment test organized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, (MDCN).
This was made known by Prof Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health on Thursday in Abuja during the induction of 243 successful medical doctors and 6 dental graduates who were successful in the remedial course assessment.
The examination which was conducted at the University of Ilorin is aimed at ensuring the standard of education received by the candidates abroad measured up to the standard obtainable in Nigeria.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of health, Mr. Clement Uwaifo bemoaned the low number of graduates that passed the test.
He called on parents to be mindful of the type of foreign schools they send their children to, adding that majority of these institutions were not listed in the world directory of medical training.
“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,”
The minister also urged the new inductees to maintain a commitment to medical education as they apply advanced knowledge.
“I urge you to obtain consultation and use the talent of other health professionals when it is needed or necessary. Inductees 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.