The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has granted 412 foreign -trained doctors the nod to practice medicine in the country.
The doctors, who had to undergo another training on returning to the country, were inducted on Thursday with a warning not to commit acts contrary to the ethic codes of the profession. Already 120 practicing doctors are under investigations over alleged professional misconducts while 60 are awaiting trails at the MDCN Tribunal.
Chairman of the council, Prof. Abba Hassan, urged the Federal Government to domicile the central internship fund in the council. This, he said, is to enable the council centralise internship project this year.
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.