The Federal Government has decided to streamline and centralize the post and training, otherwise known as housemanship, of over 2200 fresh medical doctors and dentists in the country and appropriate N5.7 billion for their salaries and allowance in 2021.
The Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, represented by his deputy, Dr. Victor Gbenro, made this known on Friday at the continuation of the 2021 budget defense meeting of the Senate Committee on Health with Federal Ministry of Health, its departments and agencies.
Sanusi said the council responsible for the accreditation of medical and dental faculties in the country will as from next year pays the house officers directly to ensure the housemanship spread across teaching hospitals, federal medica centres, some private institutions and States general hospitals nationwide is streamlined in the best possible way.
The registrar also stressed that the current initiative would “ensure that our young doctors are not left to roam the streets and are ready to be trained by their lecturers and teachers.”
speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after defending the council’s budget, Dr. Gbenro added: “It (the training) is usually a 12 month programme and they (the house officers) rotate through the four major disciplines: medicine, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology and pediatrics.”
Earlier, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Ibrahim Olorigbigbe, hailed the development “as a good move; it’s not yet Uhuru” and urged all heads of the federal government-owned training institutions to submit their current total house officers to senate committee before on next Thursday.
Olorigbigbe said the committee will process the budget and present it report to the senate committee on appropriation before November, 2020, reiterating that the National Assembly plans to pass the 2021 appropriation bill in December.
The committee however went into closed doors session for heads of the teaching hospitals and federal medical centres to defend the highlights of their budgets and resolve other matters.