The move came amid several complaints about the level of quackery displayed by some of the Youth Corps members posted mostly to rural areas to provide medical services.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of MDCN, Dr. Abdulmumini Ibrahim, who read the decision during a press briefing on Monday in Abuja explained that the council took the decision following series of complaints by the NYSC management that all manners of persons parading themselves as medical doctors have become desperate to proceed on service.
"There has been increasing number of personal non-grata people who are not trained impersonating as medical doctors. The NYSC has inundated us with complaints. Those who have completed their one year internship have been given certificates. Most corpers are sent to rural areas. They can only go to service upon presentation of their practice licence", he stated.
So although doctors/ex-house officers are allowed in camp pending the issuance of a permanent licence, they will not be allowed to serve without a permanent licence.
Same goes for medical graduates "sneaking" into camp. They will not be allowed into the youth service scheme until they have a permanent licence.
The permanent licence, issued after a completed internship/housemanship (not the provisional licence issued to medical graduates) grants a doctor the right to practise without supervision (and as a corper) in Nigeria.
In my opinion, this licence confusion would not exist in the first place if MDCN hadn't unnecessarily delayed the issuance of licences to doctors who have completed their internship.
We really need a more efficient system.