By Gabriel Olawale

THE National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, NPMCN, has urged the Federal government to reconstitute the Board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, to allow the Council perform  statutory functions

Speaking ahead of the College’s 35th Convocation bid to hold  Thursday September 21st, 2017, in Lagos, the College President, Dr. Ademola Olaitan said constitution of the Board is crucial to the smooth running of medical services in the country.

“This very important body has operated without a Board since the former Board was dissolved over two years ago and we understand that memberships are almost by representation except the post of the Chairman. The Council is very important to address some of the lingering issues in the health industry.”

Olaitan condemned in totality  incessant strikes in the health sector, noting  that the College has in place plans to address such issues.

“Our institution which is the apex of medical education in the country to train specialist doctors and dentists will not graduate any fellow that fails to acquire necessary skills.”

Olaitan who lamented a situation where trainee doctors would abandon their training for strikes, maintained that henceforth, the College would not tolerate any associate fellow or doctor who registered with the college and posted to any public health institution for practical but fails  to acquire necessary experience.

“Normally training programme is not supposed to be more than six years, but if you decide to go on strike and you are not able to acquire necessary skilled you will not be call to participate in examination which means that such a person may risk year extension.

Olaitan who disclosed that the new 386 convoking fellows along with older ones will bring the total fellows produced by the college to 5,773 since inception called on government to prioritise doctors’ remuneration.

“Every family has a responsibility  to put food on the table, it is an irresponsible person that will not provide for his or her family, so doctors deserve to be made comfortable as a way of addressing brain- drain in the country.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the Board urgently.

Olaitan hinted that the upcoming convocation will be graced by Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe who would be conferred with honorary fellowship in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contribution to national development.

“In addition distinguished fellowship will be conferred on two past college Registrars, Dr, Bababode Bojuwoye and Dr. Obot Antia-Obong for significantly improving the standards of training and quality of services in the specialty of Internal Medicine and Paediatrics

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