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Chief Medical Director Of Taraba State Specialist Hospital In Trouble For Revealing Gov Suntai’s Health Status

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The Chief Medical Director of the Taraba State Specialist Hospital,

Dr. Zakari Aliyu, is to appear before the Medical and Dental tribunal.

 

He is accused of divulging information on the health of Governor

Danbaba Suntai, contrary to the ethics of the profession.

 

Nine other doctors are expected to appear before the Dr. Jonathan

Azubuike-led Tribunal.

 

The tribunal, which began sittings yesterday on Aliyu, will sit for

the next two days. It is expected to hear 10 cases.

 

Speaking before the trial, Dr. Azubuike restated the power of the

tribunal, which he said has the status of the High Court. He said “the

judgment of this Tribunal can be appealed only before the Court of

Appeal.”

 

Other doctors expected to appear before the tribunal are: David

Emmanuel Udo, Godwin Ugbam, Friday Samuel Wokoma, Temitope Gabriel

Onile, Nzurumike Charles Nnanna, Danmusa Ademu Ochala, Omotayo

Oluwadamilola Akinro, Theophilus Maksha Dabkana, Dafe T. Adiki and

Udezue Nnameka Obumneme.

 

The case involving Dr. Mijinyawa Dujuri Ibrahim was dropped at the

request of the plaintiff.

 

Aliyu is facing a one count charge of divulging information regarding

the health record of Suntai, which was published by media houses.

 

According to the charge sheet, Aliyu conducted himself “infamously in

a respect contrary to rule 44 of the code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria

2008 edition and punishable under Section 16(1)(a) and (2) of the

Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, Cap. M8 laws of the Federation

of Nigeria 2004.”

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Udo is facing four-count charge bothering on malpractice, divulging of

medical records of a patient and unethical practice.

 

Ugbam is facing a three-count charge bothering on negligence and

failure to keep record of patient operated on.

 

The charge sheet reads in part: “You have conducted yourself

infamously in a professional respect contrary to the provision of rule

14.2 of the code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria and punishable under

section 16(1)(a) and (2) of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act,

Cap. M8 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

 

Dr. Wokoma, a consultant with University of Port Harcourt Teaching

Hospital is facing one count charge of negligence of duty in the case

of a patient, Mr. Victor Afego who was admitted into the unit under

his (Wokoma) care.

 

Onile, Nnanna and Ochala are facing one count charge of negligence of

duty. Onile and Nnanna are consultants obsterician and gynaecologists

at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja. Ochala is the Head of

Department, consultant and senior medical Officer in the Centre.

 

They were alleged to have failed to pick their calls to attend to a

patient, Mrs. Eleojo Justina Colins (deceased) who was admitted under

their care and required urgent surgical intervention until the patient

died on January 28, 2012.

 

They are charged under Rule 29 and 43 of the Code of Medical Ethics in

Nigeria 2008 edition and punishable under Section 16(1)a and (2) of

the Medical and Dental Practioners Act, Cap.M8 Laws of the Federation

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of Nigeria, 2004.

 

Dr Akinro was also charged for negligence of duty in the same case. He

was alleged to have suspended the passage of a foley’s Catheter and

proceeded to administer Misoprostol without prior consultation with

the consultant and the senior medical officer on duty.

 

According to the charge sheet, Akinjo is accused to have conducted

himself “infamously in a professional respect contrary to rule 29,

29.4(c) and 29.4(f) of the code of medical ethics in Nigeria 2008

edition and punishable under section 16(1) (a) and (2) of the Medical

and Dental Practitioners Act, Cap.M8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria

2004.

 

Dr. Dabkana is accused of ignoring requests made by Medical and Dental

Practitioners Investigation Panel in the course of it’s investigation

of the allegation of professional misconduct made against him by one

Ayuba Kwagui Alamson.

 

Dr. Adiki, an employee of Delta State government, a Consultant

Orthopedic Surgeon at the Central Hospital, Warri is accused of

abandoning his duty post for his privately-owned medical facility

known as Bendel Clinic.

 

He is standing trial under rule 49.1(a) of the code of Medical ethics

in Nigeria 2008 Edition and punishable under section 16(1)(a) and (2)

of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, Cap.M8 Laws of the

Federation of Nigeria 2004.

 

Ibrahim is accused of negligence over the death of a patient, Mrs.

Hadiza Abdulkarim. He was, however, discharged as the complainant

showed no interest to continue with the case.

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