A former president of the Nigeria medical association (NMA), Doctor Osahon Enabulele, has asked the national universities commission (NUC) to clarify its decision to extend the duration of medical students training from six years to 11 years.
Enabulele said there has been conflicting reports of seven, 10 and 11 years for the medical programme since the NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie, announced the decision last week.
The former NMA president said he disagreed with NUC that a six year medical programme cannot produce graduate doctors who are psychologically mature for the medical profession.
Instead of extending the duration of the medical training programme for students, the former NMA president suggested an improvement and modification of the existing six year programme, which according to him should be on the form and content.
With the current six year medical training programme, Enabulele said Nigeria needs additional 250,000 medical doctors to attend to its more than 170,000 population, warning that the elongation of the training programme would create an acute shortage of doctors