- Abuja, Nigeria
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The regulation of Physicians and Dental Surgeons in Nigeria historically preceded indigenous statutory provisions for such functions. The first allopathic doctors to come to Nigeria were Portuguese. They came in 1472. The Roman Catholic Mission opened a hospital at St. Thomas Island off the Bight of Benin in 1504. The trans-Atlantic slave traders also came with ship doctors and surgeons who attended to the healthcare needs of slavers and slaves.