By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS—National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, NPMCN, weekend faulted President Muhammadu Buhari on the dissolution of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, saying, the dissolution will not only promote quackery in the health sector but will also allow cases of malpractices to continue unabated.
At a press conference in Lagos to herald the College’s 33rd convocation, the President of NPMCN, Prof. Rasheed Arogundade argued that MDCN should be exempted like the Universities Governing Councils have been exempted because of the disastrous consequences that such premature dissolutions had caused in the past.
According to Arogundade, since MDCN is a regulatory body set up by statute to carry out specific functions, dissolving it is the same as completely stopping all the functions.
He said: “The Council’s functions are strictly professional and regulatory in nature, including medical education, accreditation of professional institutions, maintenance of standards, and enforcement of discipline and also monitoring of health institutions that are training doctors all over the country among others.
“Almost all the members of the Council are by representation except the Chairman who is usually not a political appointee but a senior member of the profession appointed by Mr President.”
Arogundade further lamented that the existing Council has barely spent one and half years of the statutory four years and should therefore be allowed to continue its work.
On the forthcoming convocation, the College President said no fewer than 341 convokees will be awarding Fellowship certificates this week.
He further disclosed that the college has graduated 5,046 since inception, adding that College will be awarding Honorary fellowship to the Governor of Ondo state for his achievements in the health sector while Prof. Emmanuel Otolorin, an erudite scholar and professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology will deliver the convocation lecture.
Arogundade who lamented poor funding of the institution said the college has not been able to complete all the buildings in the original master plan due to lack of funds.
“We have not received one kobo for the only capital project in the college since the third quarter of 2014.
The amount budgeted for us this year in the envelope is just N20 million out of the required N506, 037,218,75k remaining from the sum N599, 964, 877.89K approved by the Ministerial Tenders Board to complete the project. It is even uncertain that the paltry N20, 000,000 appropriated will be released this year as we are already at the end of the 3rd quarter.”
He however, declared support for the President on his ongoing anti-corruption crusade.
Arogundade commended Buhari for the giant strides he has made in less than four months on assumption of office.
According to him, corruption has negative effect in every aspect of the economy.
He said through the ongoing effort, huge money would be saved, which is needed to revatilise every sector of the country’s economy, particularly the health sector.