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NYSC: FG suspend medical graduates without licences

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The Federal Government has barred graduates of medicine
from participating in the mandatory National Youth Service
Corps, until after securing practising licences from the
Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of MDCN, Dr. Abdulmumini
Ibrahim, stated this at a briefing on Monday in Abuja.
The council, he said, took the measure following a series of
complaints by the NYSC management that all manner of
persons paraded themselves as corps medical doctors.
Ibrahim said, “There has been an increasing number of
persons who are impersonating medical doctors. The NYSC
has inundated us with complaints. Those who have
completed their one-year internship have been given
certificates. They can only go to service upon presentation of
their licences.”
The MDCN boss, who noted that the council had earlier in
2014 deliberated on it, explained that only persons
registered with the body in line with the Medical and Dental
Practitioners Act could legally practise medicine or dentistry
in the country.
Ibrahim added, “The council has directed that the practice of
admitting persons into the NYSC as doctors on the strength
of receipt of payment of the application fee for full
registration be discontinued. The practice has become a
means for 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 to 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 they 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.”

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