The Federal Executive Council (FEC) today approved a memoranda from the Federal Ministry of Health seeking for approval of central coordination, placement, posting and funding of all Medical and Dental graduates to Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) accredited Housemanship and Internship training centres.
A statement signed by Mrs. Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations, for the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, quoting the Minister said that this is to address the enormous challenges fresh graduates face in securing placement for the one year mandatory programmes.
Over the years due to constraints in the funding of the Housemanship and Internship training in Nigeria, a large number of fresh Medical and Dental graduates have not been able to undertake and complete the training within the allotted time limit thereby preventing them from becoming fully registered Medical and Dental Practitioners ready for services within and outside Nigeria.
The Housemanship and Internship training is the last basic training hub of all fresh Medical and Dental graduates from Nigeria and Foreign Institutions.
These graduates are required by law to complete their uninterrupted 12 calendar months rotational Housemanship and Internship training and obtain a certificate of experience from any of the MDCN accredited training institutions.
On completion of the training, they are eligible to be placed on the full Medical and Dental register as provided in the Medical and Practitioners act Cap M8LFN 2004, Section 18 which will enable them to practice as Medical and Dental Practitioners.
With the approval from the Federal Executive Council, the Federal Ministry of Health will work with the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning and Federal Ministry of Finance to implement this laudable programme to be domiciled in Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
This would clear the large backlog of fresh Medical and Dental graduates that have been unable to undergo the training due to absence of central coordination, poor funding, and inability to pay salaries and allowances among others.
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Federal Government Approves Central Coordination.
Chioma Umeha is an investigative journalist and editor with decades of experience in reporting health, science, business, education, politics, women and gender issues in Africa. She is a multiple award winning journalist and has attended several local and international workshops/trainings. Chioma is a member of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), International AIDS Society (IAS) Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Journalists' Alliance for PMTCT in Nigeria, Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN), Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport among others. She is also Chairman, Society for Media Advocacy on Health in Nigeria, a body of health journalists that largely uses advocacy, statistics and analytical research to secure the health and wellbeing of the people through development journalism. Chioma holds a M.A. degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lagos State University, B.Sc. degree in Mass Communication from Enugu State University of Science and Technology. In the religious circle, she is a Sunday School Teacher and a Counsellor. She is happily married to Don Umeha and blessed with three lovely children.
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