At least 903 foreign medical and dental graduates reportedly wrote the recent professional examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
This disclosure was made by the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Tajudeen Sanusi, when speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, the examination was for medical graduates who intended to practice in Nigeria.
Mr Sanusi explained that the essence of the examination was to properly assess the graduates’ professional competence before approving licence for them to practice in the country.
The registrar said the examination was monitored by external examiners from across the country in line with global best practice.
“It is a global practice that once you train in a jurisdiction other than yours and you find yourself in another jurisdiction and want to practice, there is the need to assess your level of competence so that you can be licensed to practice.
“This means that even those of us who trained and are fully registered in Nigeria, if we go to Ghana, we will have to sit for a similar examination and pass before we can be licensed to practice in Ghana.”
Mr Sanusi said the council would not give preference to any of the candidates, hence the choice of JAMB to conduct the examination.
He expressed the hope that all 903 candidates would be successful, particularly at a time when the country was in dire need of more doctors.