Doctor appears before council over professional negligence


A medical doctor with the Jimeta Clinic and Maternity, Adamawa State, Dr Yakubu Koji has appeared before the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Tribunal, over professional negligence.

Koji, who was being tried in Abuja, was charged with gross professional negligence which led to the death of a patient in his care,  Isa Hamma.

The Registrar of the Council, Dr Tajudeen Sanusi, who read the 12 count charges, also said the incident happened between June 25 and July 7, 2016.

The charges are; incompetence assessment, incorrect diagnosis of illness, negligence in advising the patient on risk involved in the operation, and failure to obtain informed consent of the patient.

Sanusi said that Koji was grossly negligent in the treatment which resulted to the loss of the patient’s  kidney.

He said that the doctor also failed to pass the details and history of treatment of the patient to the Federal Teaching Hospital in Gombe State, which he referred the patient.

The prosecuting counsel, Nasiru Aliyu, asked Koji, if he understood the charges and if he was guilty or not.

Koji, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Chairman of the tribunal, Prof. Abba Hassan, adjourned the case until Sept. 25, for cross examination.