Let Ukraine, Sudan medicine graduates take MDCN exam – Senate

The Senate, on Tuesday, urged the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to allow Nigerian medical graduates from Ukraine and Sudan, where war did not affect their academic activities, to sit for MDCN exams in July and November without any discrimination.

It also urged MDCN to, in no distant time, work towards the conduct of the MDCN exams in each geo-political zone of the country like the Nigeria Law Schools, to reduce the cost on the students and their parents.

The Senate resolutions followed the adoption of a motion at plenary on Tuesday by Senator Oyewumi Olalere titled “Discrimination Against Medical Graduands from Ukraine by the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.”

Olalere, in his lead debate, said the issue of medical graduates from Ukraine universities had got the attention of the National Assembly since 2022.

He said in 2023, “the House of Representatives and the Ministry of Health concluded with the Medical and Dental Council to allow the students that graduated from medical schools in Ukraine to participate in qualifying exams like other students, or at best, organise a makeup programme for them before the exam.”

The President of Senate, Godswill Akpiabio, in his remarks, thanked the sponsor of the motion and expressed confidence that the resolutions of the Senate would be adhered to by MDCN to ameliorate the sufferings of concerned Nigerian medical graduates from the war-affected nations.

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