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481 foreign-trained doctors denied induction after failing Nigerian medical exam

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A total of 412 foreign-trained Nigerian doctors who failed medical examination have been denied induction into the Nigerian medical profession by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

This represents 54 percent of the 893 foreign-trained medical and dental students who appeared for the examination.

Of the total 412 who were inducted, 407 were medical doctors while five were dentists.

At the induction on Thursday, the chairman of the council, Prof. Abba Hassan, urged the Federal Government to domicile the central internship fund in the council.

Hassan also appealed to state governments to upgrade at least three hospitals to standard suitable for internship and to also recruit the required number of consultants to supervise them.

This, he said, will create enough spaces for internship every year.

Hassan also emphasised the need for parents to be cautious as to which countries to send their children for training, while noting that there are ongoing efforts to increase carrying capacities of the existing medical schools in the country.

He said, “Some of the candidates are very good as reflected by the performance in the assessment exam.’’

He charged the new intakes to be dedicated and humble in practice.

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