May 18, 2024

Only 58,000 Nigeria Doctors Renew Practice License, Says Registrar

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…As MDCN inducts 20 new qualified Doctors At ESUU

By Simeon OSAJIE

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The Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, (MDCN), Dr. Fatima Kyari said only 58,000 doctors has renewed their annual practices licence out of over 130,000 so far registered since its inception.

The registrar who was represented by the Deputy Registrar Dr. Victor Kolawole revealed this during the Induction/Oath taking ceremony of 20 newly qualified doctors at the Edo State University Uzairue (ESUU) 2022/2023 Batch B Medicine and Surgery graduates.

She said the Medical and Dental Council is mandated to regulate the practice of medicine, dental and alternative medicine in Nigeria adding that in 2023 as a result of the increase in migration of doctors outside the country, only 58,000 doctors have renewed their annual practice licence, saying with the induction of 20 newly qualified doctors into the health workforce, other training health institutions will follow.

“By this induction of 20 new doctors into the health workhforce in Nigeria, we hope that other institutions will follow suit even as the government have said that the quota should be increase in all our training centres”.

She however, admonished the new medical practitioners to uphold the sanity of the profession and be law abiding as the council is mandated to regulate activities of the practitioners as well as punish offenders.

In his opening address, the Vice Chancellor, Engr. Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor said the occasion marked a significant milestone in the lives of the graduates and a proud moment for the university.

Prof. Aluyor however appreciated Governor Godwin Obaseki of the state for his unwavering support to the university saying with his support, the university operate its own teaching hospital, the Edo State University Teaching Hospital.

According to him, the significant upgrade of the central hospital Auchi to Edo State University Teaching Hospital has enhanced facilities for the training of the medical students and uplifted the standard of healthcare services in Edo North and its environs.

The VC also stated that the university’s inception stemmed from the imperative to address the growing demand for quality tertiary education in Edo State and Nigeria Haven recognized that nurturing human capital through education is paramount for meaningful development.

While congratulating the newly qualified doctors on their significant milestone Prof. Aluyor said their professional journey has just commenced and having every confidence that they will bring honour to the university and MDCN.

Dr. Ofunre Eboreime, the Guest Lecturer at the occasion whose lecture titled: “The Life That is Worth Living As A Doctor is in the Service to God and Humanity” said doctors are revered for medical expertise, dedicated to alleviate suffering and promote health services.

“Becoming a doctor required sacrifices, special kind of dedication, high level of selflessness and a strong desire to help others,” he said.

Going further, Dr. Eboreime highlighted the components by service to include humility, integrity, balance service to God and man, maintenance of committed and resilient attitude, even in the face of adversity, gratitude for opportunity to serve, blessings and lessons learned along the way and help foaster a positive outlook and a sense of joy in the service of others.

On her part, Edo State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe appreciated the Vice Chancellor for the milestones recorded since the establishment of the university.

She said the Edo State governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki is very interested in ensuring that the tertiary institutions in the state are producing world-class graduates particularly as he has continued to implement the education reform under the Edo best agenda.

She admonished the newly inducted doctors that as they move on from the university, they should not forget where they started from and as an alumni of the university, there is an expectations that they remain connected to the school.

Speaking in the same vain, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samuel Ali congratulated the doctors for graduating at the stipulated time of 6 years.

“There is no malaria for big man and poor people as the symptoms and treatment are the same but the facilities may be different so you should have respect and equal treatment for your patients,” he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Ag Provost College of Medical Sciences, Dr. Kenneth Atoe expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor, Engr. Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor and the management team for their visionary leadership and commitment to the academic excellence which have been instrumental in shaping the medical college into a centre of excellence.

This he said is evident in the recent team of delegation from the federal university Lokoja who came with a mission to understudy the medical Programme of Edo State University Uzairue.

“To the trainers and teachers your tireless efforts, dedication and expertise have not only equipped the newly graduated medical doctors with the necessary skills and knowledge but have also instilled in them the values of compassion, integrity and professionalism”, he added.

While congratulating the newly qualified medical doctors, Dr. Atoe charged them to internalized the values of honesty, integrity and selflessness as the virtues are not only essential for building strong doctor-patient relationship but are also integral to upholding the ethical standards and trustworthy expected of a medical professionals.

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