Two Doctors Convicted for Negligence as MDCN Resumes Trial

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Two Doctors Convicted for Negligence as MDCN Resumes Trial

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) yesterday resumes the trail of 14 doctors charged with alleged misconduct.

In its first case, the MDCN Tribunal convicted Doctors Godwin Maduakor and Sunday Abiodun Ogafe Ojenuwah for alleged gross negligence.

The tribunal found Maduakor guilty of the count charges brought against him and was therefore suspended.

Tribunal Chairman Prof. Abba Waziri Hassan, who read the judgment, said Maduakor was suspended for six months for count one and three months for count two.

The convictions run concurrently, he said.

Maduakor is among the nine Asaba, Delta State, medical doctors who are standing trial for alleged professional misconduct.

The other doctors also on trial from Asaba Medical Centre, are: Oyefara Babatunde, Okoye Pascal Nnamdi, Anunnobi Chijioke Ralu, Adigba Ese Onodjohwoyovwe, Ogwu Robinson Onyekachukwu, Okoye Chukwuka and Iyiola Akeem Adewale.

They are to defend themselves on charges of negligence in the management of an expectant mother, Mrs. Rita Uche Ogbuego.

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

At the last sitting, two other doctors were convicted with their licences suspended for the maximum penalty of six months.

The MDCN is the regulatory body of all medical and alternative medicine practitioners in the country.

It is mandated to sanction 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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