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Nigeria: Invasion of Russia – Nigeria rejects medical and dental diplomas from Ukraine

“We wish to inform the general public that Medical and Dental Degree Certificates issued by Ukrainian Medical Schools from 2022 will NOT be honored by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria…”

Nigeria will not accept medical and dental degrees from Ukrainian universities obtained from 2022, the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council (MDCN) said.

“We would like to inform the general public that Medical and Dental degree certificates issued by Ukrainian medical schools from 2022 will NOT be honored by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria until normal academic activities resume,” the council that regulates the medical profession in Nigeria said in a statement posted on its official Twitter account.

The decision is due to the ongoing war in Ukraine which has seen many of its higher institutions closed for physical classes. However, many of them are still running online classes, which MDCN objects to for medical and dental programs.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Council categorically states that online medical education provided in any part of the world is below acceptable standards and is not recognized by MDCN,” it said.

The council advised students who are currently studying medicine or dentistry in Ukrainian medical colleges to apply for transfer to other accredited institutions in other countries for the completion of their programs.

Nigerian evacuees from Ukraine mourn

PREMIUM TIMES reported howhundreds of Nigerian students were evacuated from Ukraine when the Russian invasion began.

Some of the returnees, who are touched by the MDCN position, have condemned it.

Esther Ebiru, who graduated in June from Ukraine’s state of Dnipro Medical in an online graduation ceremony, called the MDCN’s policy inhumane.

“This policy is inhumane. It’s devastating because we haven’t studied online for six years, it’s only a few months in 2020 due to Covid happening all over the world and the remaining three months “, she told PREMIUM TIMES.

“I’m clearly devastated and tired. I can’t imagine waiting for this war to be over or starting again.

“I finished high school quite early, I joined the RSSDA scholarship two years after high school. I passed all the necessary exams. I was promised to start medicine in Germany.

“My parents even took the initiative to pay for the German lessons. The scholarship was later canceled due to the political instability in Rivers State at the time. My parents had to fight to achieve my dreams doctors and send me to Ukraine,” Ms Ebiru said. told.

According to her, she left high school more than 10 years ago “only for me to go back to the same limitation policy. It seems that the Nigerian government and the environment don’t want me to go any further”.

Ms. Ebiru said that, unlike in Nigeria, her colleagues in Ghana and the UK are achieving their dreams very well.

She told PREMIUM TIMES that in a bid to familiarize herself with the medical atmosphere in Nigeria, when she returned to the country in March, she paid for a clinical internship which started in April.

“I did a month of gynecology and a month of paediatrics. I am now in internal medicine which I opted for two weeks because I decided that by July 11, I would register for the tutorials of the MDCN review before this news broke last Friday,” she said.

Another repatriated medical student who requested anonymity asked this reporter how a six-year program could be canceled due to three months of electives taken online.

“I was astonished and reading the insensitive MDCN infomercial discrediting our medical degrees from Ukraine, China and other unspecified countries and thus denying us the opportunity to practice in our country,” he said. declared.

The MDCN reaffirms its position

Contacted, Tajudeen Sanusi, the Registrar of MDCN, said the council’s position was to protect Nigerians.

“Tell me anywhere in the world where they study medicine online. When you have your classes in the classroom, you move to the hospital which is the most important…” he said .