The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has inducted 211 foreign-trained medical practitioners into the Nigerian health sector.
The number is significantly lower than previous inductions whereby this year’s exercise saw about 24.7% pass the examination from the over 700 candidates that applied.
Tajudeen Sanusi, the Registrar of the Council, said out of the number the inductees, 205 candidates took part and passed the 2023 examination while six took part in the previous examination, though passed but could not be indicted for a reason or other.
In a related development, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pharmaceutical Manufacturer and Drug Management Organisations (DMOs) for the implementation of its Medicine Supply Initiative.
The MoU would see the supply and availability of affordable NHIA-customized drugs in NHIA-registered health facilities for enrolled patients across the country.
According to NHIA Director General/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Prof. Mohammed Sambo, the supply Initiative that would be in phases will however commence with 33 drugs with the NHIA inscription embossed on them while other categories of drugs will be added in the next phase.