The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has renewed its commitment to the registration of qualified medical doctors to practice in the country to curb quackery and improve efficient healthcare delivery.
Dr Tajjudeen Tijjani, the Registrar of the council, stated this at the induction of medical students of Bingham University, held at the institution’s Teaching Hospital in Jos.
Tijjani said that doctors generally were not trained for local consumption only but for global practice, hence the need to register only thing those that are really qualified.
He also noted that the council had not received negative reports about its members.
He said: “The MDCN does not joke with professional practice; we are committed to ensuring that only qualified doctors are registered to practice in the country.
“This is to ensure that effective and efficient healthcare is delivered to the society.
“Apart from the general law applying to doctors, we as a council have our own law which is aimed at guiding the practice, which is the code of medical ethics.”
The registrar called on the inductees to respect their seniors in the profession as well as practice with the fear of God especially as they are coming from a faith based institution.
In exaltation by the university’s Chaplain, Rev. Joseph Dyaji, who spoke on the topic “The Christian doctor in a godless society”, charged the doctors to regard patients as friends.
He added that for them to succeed, they must be disciplined, diligent, distinguished, be a disciple and above all depend on God.
Also speaking, a professor of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Jos, Prof. Ayuba Zoaka, called on the doctors to channel their knowledge in developing the country rather than going abroad.
Zoaka said: “Our health system is in shambles, the young people must have the desire to make a difference in this country.
“It is just not enough to get the training and leave the country; you must stay to invest your knowledge and skill to change the Nigerian healthcare system.’’ Zoaka also charged the newly inducted doctors to strive for excellence, specialise on a particular field in the profession and also consult with others, as no one has the monopoly of knowledge.