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Medical tribunal sanctions doctors over death of three-month-old baby

Two Nigerian medical doctors, Joseph Iyoha and Mukaila Oladipo, have been sanctioned by the Medical and Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for their negligence that reportedly caused the death of a three-month-old baby named Peace Oluwole.

Peace had developed symptoms of malaria and was rushed to the hospital where the doctors worked. She died and the family petitioned the medical council, accusing the doctors on duty of negligence that led to the death of their baby, Peace.

The doctors were arraigned before the tribunal on a seven-count charge. They were accused of incompetent management of the three-month-old baby and failure to do all that was appropriate and reasonable for the treatment of the patient.

According to the Tribunal, Doctor Iyoha prescribed and caused to be administered on the late Oluwole, oral chloroquine, Fansidar, and several other drugs, thereby exposing the baby to multiple anti-malarial when the baby had been placed on Artemether injection.

The tribunal found Dr. Oladipo guilty of two counts because even though he found the patient to be asphyxiated and in obvious respiratory distress, he reportedly chose to busy himself with taking the patient’s history for more than 30 minutes rather than attend to the obvious emergency.

While Oladipo was slammed a three-month suspension, Iyoha was convicted and admonished.

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