By Olajide Meseko
The Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Nigeria has indicted three doctors of the Premier Specialists’ Medical Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos State, for the death of a chef, Peju Ugboma.
It had reported that Peju died after a botched fibroid surgery at the hospital.
The pastry chef was said to have suffered internal bleeding after the surgery, which made her condition deteriorate.
She was later admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital, where she was placed on a respirator.
Her family accused the hospital of sedating her intravenously, adding that Peju was moved to Evercare Hospital in Lekki Phase 1 for a CT scan and dialysis.
However, it was discovered at the hospital that she did not have a pulse and she was pronounced dead.
After a public outcry on social media, the Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency stated that an order had been given for a probe of the death.
The medical council, after receiving a petition from the deceased’s husband, Ijoma, said a prima facie case of professional misconduct had been established against three doctors.
The council, in a letter to Ijoma dated November 1 and signed by its Secretary, Dr E. D. Abudu, said the indicted doctors had been referred to the council’s disciplinary tribunal.
The letter read in part, “The Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Investigation Panel at its 10th session held at the Council Chambers, Medical and Dental Council House, Plot 1102 Cadastral Zone B11, Kaura District, Abuja, on Thursday, 28th October 2021 investigated your petition.
“The investigation is concluded. The panel determined that a prima facie case of misconduct in professional respect is established against Dr Akiseku Adenlyi Kazeem, Dr Kelechi Kingsley Renner and Dr Motunrayo Amadu.
“The three respondent doctors have been referred to the Medical and Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for adjudication.”
The letter added that the panel could not establish a prima facie case against the other doctors listed by the deceased’s husband.