496 Nigerians who trained in medical schools overseas failed the assessment examination conducted, in November 2021, by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto.
Graduates of medical schools overseas are required to sit for and pass the assessment examination, to qualify to practice in Nigeria.
Speaking at formal inauguration of the 1000-seater auditorium of the medical council and induction ceremony for foreign medical and dental graduates held on Tuesday, Abba Waziri Hassan, chairman of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, said the poor performance of the foreign medical doctors was a reflection of the quality of training they received.
Hassan said: “A total of 826 medical and dental candidates appeared for the examination. Out of this number 341 medical doctors representing 41.3 per cent and 16 dental surgeons representing 53.3 per cent passed, giving a grand total of 357.”
He said overall percentage pass was lower than the previous one held in June 2020, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Hassan said: “The above is a reflection of the quality of training they received in some of those countries abroad. It is very important for those sponsoring students for overseas training to seek guidance from the MDCN and NUC as to which medical or dental schools abroad are considered of good standards.”
The chairman of the Council disclosed that the examination had been transparent, having been jointly executed with JAMB which handled the Computer Based Test (CBT) aspect.
“We encourage both government and private individuals to establish new medical and dental schools. Parents, guardians and state governments should be cautious as to which schools/countries to send their wards for training,” he said.
Nigeria’s Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who was represented at occasion by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of health, said maintenance of standards in the medical professional was a major way curbing foreign medical trips by Nigeria.
“I therefore implore the MDCN to take the issue of accreditation of training institutions more serious to ensure that only those that meet accreditation requirements train our doctors, and ensure that only fit and proper persons are admitted into this noble profession through proper screening,” the minister said.