In Nigeria, Code for Nigeria has partnered with SaharaReporters, and are using official data from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) which regulates Medical and Dental Practitioners, to help identify registered doctors from ‘quack’ doctors.
Apart from helping users identify if one is a licensed medical practitioner, the service also lists prices of common prescription drugs and a hospital finder to help patients locate hospitals. Users need only to search for a doctor’s name and the system shows results about him or her.
For the user, any doctor, nurse or dentist whose name is not in the database is not a licensed practitioner as all medical practitioners are supposed to register with MDCN. However, the public is asked to take caution and be patient in case a practitioner’s name is not found in the database as at times the registry might not be up to date or could be due to an administrative issue.