Medical Tribunal Convicts Two Doctors for Negligence

Medical Tribunal Convicts Two Doctors for Negligence - Natural Junkie

A medical tribunal set up by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has found two medical doctors guilty of negligence.

The two doctors identified as Godwin Maduakor and Nwiku Vitalis were convicted in Abuja on Tuesday.

The judgment delivered by Abba Hassan, chairman of the tribunal found Mr. Maduakor guilty of the charges brought against him which led to him being suspended for six months for count one and three months for counts two. The two sentences are to run concurrently according to the officials.

Mr. Godwin Maduakor is one of the nine medical doctors on trial for misconduct “in the management of a pregnant patient, Rita Uche Ogbuego”.

Other medical officers still standing trial from the Asaba Medical Centre, Delta state are Sunday Abiodun, Oyefara Babatunde, Okoye Pascal Nnamdi, Anunnobi Chijioke Ralu, Adigba Ese Onodjohwoyovwe, Ogwu Robinson Onyekachukwu, Okoye Chukwuka and Iyiola Akeem Adewale.

They all pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them individually.

Also, Mr. Vitalis was brought before the tribunal on one-count of professional negligence “for leaving his clinic open for service without any trained hand to attend to patients”.

The action led to the death of a patient who came in for treatment in his absence.

Mr. Vitalis, who has been on suspension since 2016, pleaded not guilty when the hearing began in April 2019.

The MDCN is the regulatory body of all medical and alternative medicine practitioners in the country, with a mandate to discipline any erring practitioners whose actions or in-actions fall short of the medical professional ethics.

The MDCN Tribunal has equal jurisdictions with the regular High Court. Hence its ruling can only be challenged at the Court of Appeal.

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