08 September 2020 by MODUPE ADULOJU
The Medical and Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, has found two doctors – Iyoha Joseph and Mukaila Oyewumi Oladipo, guilty of negligence in the management of a baby, Oluwole Johnson Peace, now deceased.
In a 7-count charge against the doctors, the Tribunal said the doctors were incompetent in the management of the three-months-old baby and failed to do all that was appropriate and reasonable for the treatment of the patient.
Delivering judgment in Abuja, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Prof. Abba Waziri, said the Tribunal observed that Dr. Joseph, who was found guilty of three count charges, did not exhibit reasonable diligence when he prescribed, and caused to be administered on the three-month old baby, oral chloroquine, Fansidar and several other drugs, thereby exposing the baby to multiple anti-malarial and other drugs when the baby had been placed on Artemether injection.
The tribunal further said that Dr. Oladipo, who was found guilty of two count charges, even though he found the patient to be suffocating and in obvious respiratory distress, ignored attending to the clear case of emergency.
The Tribunal therefore suspended Dr. Mukaila Oyewumi Oladipo for three months while Dr. Iyoha Joseph was convicted and admonished.
The Third doctor – Obafemi Kuye, who was charged with professional negligence for failure to take detailed or adequate history of the patient’s condition, and failure to review or attend to the patient throughout the period of admission, was discharged and acquitted.