By Hassan Zaggi
The Medical and Dental Council Tribunal yesterday, in Abuja, suspended one Dr. Godwin Maduakor, for six months for what it described as gross negligence.
Dr Maduakor is among the medical doctors that were dragged to the tribunal from Asaba Medical Centre, Delta state, in April for negligence in the management of a pregnant patient, Mrs. Rita Uche Ogbuego.
The other Doctors facing the same trial from the Asaba Medical Centre include Sunday Abiodun Ogafe Ojenuwah, Oyefara Babatunde, Okoye Pascal Nnamdi, Anunnobi Chijioke Ralu, Adigba Ese Onodjohwoyovwe, Ogwu Robinson Onyekachukwu, Okoye Chukwuka and Iyiola Akeem Adewale.
At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, the Tribunal insisted that Dr. Maduakor was guilty of the count charges brought before the court against him and was therefore suspended .
Speaking while delivering the judgment, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Prof. Abba Waziri Hassan, explained that Dr. Maduakor was suspended for six months for count one and three months for count two.
The convictions, he noted, run concurrently.
In a related development, a medical doctor based in Adamawa State, Dr. Yakubu Hassan Koji, was yesterday grilled by the tribunal on a 12-count charge bordering on negligence in the handling of a patient.
While reading the charges, the prosecutor noted that Dr, Koji, among other things, displayed gross negligence to the extent that he removed an organ he could not understand from the body of the patient.
Other charges included that Dr. Koji failed to refer the patient for a superior opinion knowing that the condition of the patient was far beyond his capacity to handle; he failed to explain to the patient the nature of the illness; his action resulted to the loss of kidney function of the patient, among many other charges.
Dr. Koji however, pleaded guilty to count 11 of 12 charges read to him.
Because the defendant does not have a lawyer to defend him, the Tribunal in its wisdom, adjourned to case to enable him get the services of the lawyer.
The MDCN is the regulatory body of all medical and alternative medicine practitioners in the country.
MDCN is saddle with the responsibility of punishing erring practitioners whose actions or in-actions fall short of the medical professional ethics.
The pronouncement of the MDCN Tribunal can only be challenged at the Appeal Court.