A total of 157 out of 225 foreign trained Ghanaian doctors who sat for the Medical and Dental Council (MDC)’s examination which grants them the licences to practice in Ghana have failed.
Only 68, representing a 30.2 per cent pass rate, were able to prove their mettle in the examination conducted from February 22, 2019 to March 2, 2019 and results released last week.
The 225 comprises 208 general duty medical doctors, eight general duty dentists, eight specialists and a ‘mature’ candidate, who studied in more than 10 universities in China, Ukraine, Russia, Philippine and Belarus for six years.
However, speaking on the issue in an interview, Registrar of MDC, Dr. Eli Atukpui, blamed the phenomenon on the mass admission of some foreign medical universities to persons who do not have basic knowledge in General Science but in other disciplines.
“This is stemmed from the practice where some of the foreign medical schools admits students with poor West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results and others who studied General Arts, Visual Arts and Home Economics instead of the General Sciences.” he said.
He said the Council, was only ensuring that half-baked doctors were not licensed and handed over the lives of innocent people adding that, “the MDC would continue to insist on standards”.
Dr Atukpui said the council, as part of efforts to reduce the failures, had advised parents to cross check the background of foreign universities, before they enrolled their wards. He advised the foreign trained doctors, “to sit up and learn to enable them pass. To those desiring to study in the foreign countries, he said they should make the right choices”.
Dr Atukpui assured the public that the doctors, licensed were qualified to give health care.