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Tribunal judgment hangs over doctors

A tribunal is to deliver judgment on some 11 doctors facing charges of misconduct before the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.   The 11…

A tribunal is to deliver judgment on some 11 doctors facing charges of misconduct before the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
 
The 11 doctors are the latest to be tried before the disciplinary tribunal of the MDCN, which regulates medicine and dentistry practice in Nigeria.
 
Among them is Zakari Aliyu, a physician now facing the tribunal on allegations that he divulged personal information about Taraba State governor Danbaba Suntai when the governor was seriously injured in a plane crash.
 
Another doctor at University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Friday Nwokoma, stands accused of negligence.
A third doctor, David Udoh, employed as a fulltime senior medical officer at a cottage hospital in Eket council area of
Akwa Ibom, stands accused of operating a private clinic while less than 10 years registered as a doctor.
 
The council’s investigation panel accused Udoh of admitting and doing a caesarean section on a patient at his private Recovery Hill clinic in Eket, as well as breaching confidentiality when he divulged patient medical history.
 
It said Udoh also diverted patients to his private clinic. Udoh did not plead guilty to any charges.
His counsel raised “profound objection” to the arraignment at the council’s secretariat in Abuja, insisting the tribunal had no jurisdiction to sit on allegations that Udoh diverted patients to his clinic.