A total of 687 qualified foreign trained Nigerian Medical and Dental graduates got inducted into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria on Thursday 6 January 2020 at Sheraton Hotel in Abuja
The occasion was chaired by the Minister of State for Health Senator Dr Olorunnibe Mamora.
In his speech Dr Mamora advised the inductees to always be of good conduct and ensure that they efficiently performed their duties with utmost loyalty and commitment.
Addressing the inductees the Chairman of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Professor Abba Waziri Hassan disclosed that 1, 228 candidates sat for the examination of which 687 passed and 541 failed ” giving a percentage of 55.9%”.
He said this was an improvement on the past examination ” especially the clinical in which over 80% of the candidates passed.”
He said almost all the “almost all the candidates did poorly in the Computer Based part of the examination where less than 30% got above 50% in the CBT while none of the 20 Dental surgeons who appeared for the examination passed.”
Professor Hassan said the qualified inductees were from over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Carribean, Eastern Europe, Middle East, North and South America.
He said the council was critically studying the “performance index of the candidates by country of qualification and will come up with statistics to advise state governments and parents who sponsor the candidates on where to send students if it is necessary. “
The council, according to him with stakeholders came up with a suggestions on how to improve the performance of these candidates to be clinically competent and safe to be interns after assessment examination.
This he said might include one year attachment before appearing for the assessment examination.
Professor Hassan congratulated the inductees and their parents on their qualifying to join the “noble medical profession”.
He reminded inductees that internship was the foundation of training as a doctor. ” This is the beginning of mentorship and commitment to patient care”.
He advised them to take their assignment seriously and ” devote all their time during these 12 months”.