Written by Williams ABAH

Minister inaugurates medical, dental council

The federal government has inaugurated the Governing Council for the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. 

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who inaugurated the council in Abuja, also charged the chairman and members of the council to work towards achieving the responsibilities bestowed on the council. 


Adewole said, "as you are aware, Governing Councils are creations of statutes, and their responsibilities are to give policy direction, effective oversight and strategic guidance to the management of the institutions. I therefore wish to emphasis that government expects no less from this council”. 

He further stated that the council is critical to the achievement of developmental goals of government being implementing entities of the health sector, just as he urged the members of the governing council, to commit in achieving the mandate given to them 

The minister encouraged the council to study and strictly adhere to the laid down laws that defined the roles and responsibilities of the council members. 

He said the council should determine the standard of knowledge and skill to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the Medical and Dental profession and reviewing those standards from time to time as circumstance may permit. 

Adewole explained that the council shall review and prepare from time to time a statement as to the code of conduct which the council considers desirable for the practice of the professions in Nigeria, amongst others. 

He added that the mission of the Federal Ministry of Health was to ensure that the Nigerian populace have universal access to comprehensive, appropriate, affordable, efficient, equitable and quality essential healthcare through a strengthened health system. 

“I must inform you that our job is to take our nation to a brighter future in spite of challenges that confront us”, Adewole said. 

In his remarks, the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, called on council members to see their appointment as a call to national service and which should be given full sense of responsibility. 

He also urged the members of the Governing Council to do everything possible to reduce professional rivalry in the sector. 

Responding, the chairman of the council, Prof. Abba Wazirin Mubi, on behalf of other members pledged to give their best in improving the Nigerian health system. 

He said “our principal task is to ensure high quality medical and dental training, curtail unethical medical and dental practice and stamp 




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