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Nigerian resident doctors to get foreign training

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Post  Admin on Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:10 pm

THE Federal Government has reintroduced the overseas component of the residency programme for doctors.


This followed the report of the Rowland Ndom-Egba Committee which was inaugurated in the year 2010 and was tasked to review the residency programme in Nigeria. One of the terms of reference of the committee was to examine the one-year clinical attachment/training abroad for resident doctors.


And to better coordinate the manner and frequency of foreign health missions being undertaken by those in the Diaspora to Nigeria, the Federal Government has commenced the process of reviewing existing agreements and signed a fresh memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Health Professionals in the Diaspora. A set of standards and guidelines to conduct medical and foreign missions is also being finalised to chart the future course. The documents were subjected to stakeholders' scrutiny yesterday.


Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who spoke at the signing ceremony in Abuja, stressed that government had concluded arrangements to start sending eligible residents doctors abroad to acquire advanced hands-on experience in different clinical specialties.


"Complementary to this, young consultants and other health professionals will similarly benefit from such exposure. The goal is to provide the best brains and hands in our hospitals with world-class experience. This and the modernisation of the hospitals will no doubt significantly reduce the number of Nigerians traveling out of the country for medical treatment."


He continued: "In view of the above, we have completed the modernisation and re-equipping of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife and the University of Benin Teaching, Benin City. Similarly, work has appreciably progressed at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi. The completion of these two will bring to 14 the total number of teaching hospitals that have been re-equipped since 2005.


"Along with the rest of the world, we are paying greater attention to non-communicable diseases. It is my hope and desire that with the collaboration of the health professionals from the Diaspora, we can effectively tackle the increasing incidence of strokes and heart attacks."


The collaboration with Nigerian doctors abroad is expected to ensure proper and effective coordination of all medical missions in Nigeria by health professionals in the Diaspora.


Onyebuchi said: "The collaborative effort is to ensure proper and effective coordination of all medical missions in Nigeria by health professionals in the Diaspora. The relevance of this is that it will enhance proper data generation of the medical missions, proper assessment of equipment donations and certification of all drugs and medicines imported as well as on the activities of the health professionals from the Diaspora. This will ultimately improve trend and at the same time the efforts of the health professionals in the Diaspora get recognised and nationally appreciated."


The agreements signed with Nigerians abroad were facilitated by the USAID Health Systems 20/20 project and involved the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA), Medical Association of Nigerian Specialists across Great Britain (MANSAG).


An MoU was also signed with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) and the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association in the United Kingdom (NNCA) to make contribution to the improvement of nursing services in Nigeria.




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