MDCAN faults suspension of medical residency training

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 23rd, 2014
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THE Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has faulted the federal government for suspension of residency training programme for doctors.

MDCAN argued that the action will further endanger special care delivery in the country. It said the country is groaning under the dearth of specialist doctors with 3,000 specialists to 170 million citizens.

The MDCAN further lamented that there are over 25,000 Nigerian specialist doctors in the USA and over 4,000 in the UK.

Its President, Dr Steven Oluwole, in a statement to reporters in Abuja shortly after a meeting on the suspension of Residency Training for Resident Doctors, warned of the grave consequences in the delivery of specialist health care services.

It reads: “This suspension, which truncates more than four decades of investments in medical training, presents a future too bleak to contemplate.”

The MDCAN helmsman regretted that as medical consultants and trainers of Resident doctors, they were not consulted before the suspension.

“Members of the MDCAN, who are the trainers of the resident doctors, were not consulted before taking a decision of this monumental magnitude.

“The residency training programme is designed to produce specialists in all fields of the practice of medicine. Although the programme commenced in Nigeria over 40 years ago, it is still being developed and remodelled.”

It also described the situation where the president is the defacto Director of Residency as an aberration.

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