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Medical Graduates Without Practice License Barred From NYSC Service

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The Federal Government has ban graduates of
medicine yet to secure practice license from the
Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria from
participating in the National Youth Service Corps,
Disclosing this at a press conference in Abuja on
Monday, the Registrar/Chief Executive of MDCN,
Dr Abdulmumini Ibrahim explained that the
measure was taken following series of
complaints by the NYSC management that all
manner of persons parading themselves as
medical doctors had become desperate to
proceed on service.
“There has been increasing number of personal
non-Grata people who are not trained,
impersonating and parading themselves as
medical doctors. The NYSC has inundated us
with complaints. Those who have completed
their one year internship have been given
certificates. Most corpers are sent to rural
areas. They can only go to service upon
presentation of their practice license,” he
Ibrahim stated 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 practice medicine or dentistry
in Nigeria, should be strictly adhered to.
According to him, “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
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 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.”

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