447 foreign trained doctors fail assessment test

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No fewer than 447 of the 686 foreign trained doctors who wrote the assessment test of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) failed.

The Federal Government decried the poor performance of the foreign trained medical and dental graduates as only 249 were successful in the examination conducted in November 2017.

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Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, said in Abuja on Thursday at the induction of the 243 successful medical doctors and six dental graduates that participated at the remedial course and assessment test.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assessment test was conducted at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Nov. 2017.

It is aimed at ensuring that the standard of training obtained abroad by candidates measured up to the standard of training in Nigeria.

It is also geared toward ensuring the overall health and well-being of Nigerians and other people living in the country.

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 attributed the poor performance of the candidates to poor standard of foreign institutions they were trained.

He, however, urged parents to be mindful of the kind of institutions they send their children or wards for medical training, adding that majority of those institutions were not listed in the world directory of medical training.

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