Dr. Jamilu Mohammad, a kebbi based doctor working at Martha Bamaiya General Hospital in Zuru, Kebi has been suspended from practicing for six months. He was found guilty of negligence in misdiagnosing a pregnant patient in April 2017.
The patient Fatima Danjuma was erroneously diagnosed as she was told the baby had died in her womb and required to be evacuated. But in the process of evacuating through surgery, the foetus was found alive and a prolapsed upper limb had already been amputated. So, a petition for “unethical behaviour” was filed with the council in May 2017, and an investigative panel found the doctor had a case to answer before a tribunal, which has the status of a high court.
In the judgement delivered at the MDCN council chambers in Abuja, the tribunal chairman, Abba Hassan, ruled that Muhammad conducted himself “infamously in a professional respect contrary” to the council’s code of medical ethics.
Muhammad was suspended for a period while waiting for the outcome of his trial. At trial, he pleaded guilty and asked for leniency. But the tribunal noted he had been on suspension for a period longer than the six-month sentence and “deemed to have served and exhausted the prescribed term of suspension” imposed by his sentence.
He is one of 14 doctors facing trial at the tribunal for a range of offences. Trial continues for nine doctors at Asaba Medical Centre to defend themselves against charges of gross misconduct and negligence in managing a pregnant patient. All nine have pleaded not guilty.