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72, 000 registered doctors failed to renew practice license – MDCN

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By Muhammad Amaan

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MNCN) has decried the impact emigration of medical practitioners abroad in search of greener pastures is having on the health sector, revealing that 72, 000 out of 130, 000 registered doctors failed to renew their practice licences in 2023.

The MDCN noted that only a negligible 58, 000 have renewed their licence, saying that such development will not only affect healthcare services but also overburden the few available personnel.

The Registrar of the council, Dr Fatima Kyari, stated these on Friday during the induction/oath-taking of 20 newly qualified doctors at the Edo State University, Uzairue.

“The council has so far registered 130,000 medical doctors to practice in Nigeria since its inception 61 years ago and the council is mandated to regulate the practice of medicine, dental, and alternative medicine in Nigeria.

“But only 58,000 doctors have renewed their annual practising license in the year 2023 following the increase in migration of doctors outside the country.

“However, the doctors must meet the requirements to earn those increases in quota. We will partner with them to ensure that they meet those requirements, and as we try to ensure that, standards must be upheld,” he added.

Dr Kyari, who was represented by the Deputy Registrar Dr Victor Kolawole, noted that the induction of the 20 newly qualified doctors would add to the existing workforce in the health sector which is being depleted by the day.

She, however, admonished the inductees to uphold the ethics of the profession, warning that the council is mandated to regulate the activities of the practitioners as well as punish offenders.

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