By Paul Obi
Abuja — In an effort to stem quackery and untoward practices in the medical profession, the federal government monday barred all graduates of medicine from participating in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme until they qualify as medical doctors and secure practice licence from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
The move came amid several complaints bordering on the level of competence displayed by some of the corps members posted mostly to rural areas to provide medical services.
Explaining the reason behind the council’s decision, the Registrar/Chief Executive of MDCN, Dr. Abdulmumini Ibrahim, during a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, said there had been series of complaints by the NYSC management that all manner of persons parading themselves as medical doctors have become desperate to participate in the scheme.
“There has been increasing number of personal non-grata people who are not trained impersonating as medical doctor. The NYSC has inundated us with complaints. Those who have completed their one year internship have been given certificates. Most corps members are sent to rural areas. They can only go to service upon presentation of their practice licence,” he stated.
He told journalists that the council took the decision during its plenary in 2014 and directed that the provision of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act that only persons who are registered by the MDCN can legally practise medicine or dentistry in Nigeria should be strictly adhered to.
Ibrahim said: “The council directed that the practice of admitting persons into the NYSC as doctors on the strength of receipt of payment of application fee for full registration be discontinued. The practice had become a means of quacks to gain advantage into the scheme.
“This decision was communicated to the NYSC and it was implemented with effect from the orientation camp in May, that only fully registered doctors should be admitted into the scheme. Accredited internship training centres were written informing them of this policy. “The doctors were informed to submit their duly completed and properly signed forms, at least one month to the date of opening of the orientation camp. Most did and have received their certificates of full registration. A few have problems with their postings which have to be clarified and rectified before their names could be entered into the register.”
The MDCN CEO further maintained that registration is a process and is much more than payment of the registration fee, while receipt is only an acknowledgment.
Source: All Africa