MDCN to ABU inductees: Don’t leave populace at mercy of quacks
Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has appealed to newly-inducted medical doctors from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, against traveling out of the country and leaving the masses at the mercy of quacks.
The Registrar of MDCN, Dr Tajuddeen Sanusi, made the appeal Tuesday in Zaria during the induction of the 67 newly qualified medical doctors.
Sanusi said as newly-qualified doctors, they were celebrating today because the lecturers who were equally medical doctors had stayed at home to train them.
He urged the inductees to stay and give back to the system, stressing that `Japa syndrome’ would eventually leave the populace at the mercy of quacks.
The registrar, however, said that the inductees could travel out to avail themselves with training, adding that they should always have at the back of their mind that Nigeria was the ultimate.
According to him, there are some doctors who stayed abroad for over 30 years but who are now regretting and wanting to come back home, saying that the council is now creating a module for them on its website.
“Over there, somebody will tell you he is receiving 5,000 pounds monthly; you innocently calculate pounds into naira, not minding the fact that in UK, they are not spending naira,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of ABU, Prof. Kabiru Bala, urged the inductees to go out and perform well; work with confidence, and make their alma mata proud.
Bala, represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Danladi Ameh, said that the inductees had received pre-requisite training from ‘good hands’ and that they had demonstrated it to the public while practicing.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the overall best-graduating student, Hajara-Mohammed Tom, received 13 awards and prizes.
NAN also reports that Tom emerged the best in surgery, pediatrics, community medicine, human anatomy, biochemistry, hematology, pathology, and chemical pathology, among others.
Tom, in an interview with NAN, said that she was overwhelmed by the awards, prizes, and gifts.
Although she said that the journey had not been easy, Tom, however, expressed happiness that all the stress and hurdles she went through had paid off and that she was grateful to God.
According to her, emerging best graduating student is by the grace of God, as there are many students who were equally hard-working.
Tom, however, ascribed the fear achieved by her to dedication and prayers.
“My success was a combination of my own role as well as support and prayers from my parents.
“I did the best I could because I know schooling has its time frame and I followed it with prayers.
“More important also was the support and prayers from my parents, as they ensured that my stay in the school was made comfortable,’’ she said.
The best-graduating doctor stated that the extra efforts made during the studies also made a difference. (NAN)