Reports from the News Agency of Nigeria confirmed that two doctors who work with the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, have appeared before the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Tribunal. This is to answer charges of gross professional negligence which could have been avoided that led to the death of a pregnant woman. The doctors, Adewale and Adigba by name are accused of gross professional negligence amongst other complaints which led to the death of a patient under their care.
Mr Nasiru Aliyu, who is the prosecuting counsel told the tribunal on Monday 23rd September 2019 that the defendants while on duty on March 7th 2017, had negligently handled without care one of their patients, a pregnant woman, Mrs Rita, now late. According to the prosecutor, they allegedly failed to attend to the victim as appropriate as possible for the management of her condition.
Mr Nasiru Aliyu said that the offence is highly punishable under section 16 of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act. However, the defendants, Mr Adewale and Mr Adigba pleaded not guilty to the charge they were accused of. The Chairman of the tribunal, Prof. Abba Hassan, adjourned the case till Tuesday (today) 24th September 2019 for address.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the tribunal was established for the trial of offences under the medical and dental practitioners act. The tribunal has undergone 3 sessions with this session being the third session in 2019 and had already convicted some doctors during its second session for professional misconduct. The family of the victim awaits a favourable decision from the tribunal.