The Nigerian Medical and Dental Council Tribunal has deregistered a doctor with Jimeta Clinic and Maternity, Adamawa State, Yakubu Koji, who removed two kidneys of a patient, Isa Hamma, without his consent in Adamawa State.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that crisis began when the patient, who later died, discovered his kidneys were removed byKwaji, his team and employers.
“When he opened late Hamma, he said he saw an organ which ‘ought not to be in the stomach’ therefore he removed the said organ and handed it over to the late Hamma’s relative for burial,” a source told DAILY NIGERIAN.
“Well, that organ turned out to be late Hamma’s kidneys and the removal marked the beginning of late Hamma’s journey to three tertiary health institutions and eventually died,” the source added.
Consequently, the patient, through his lawyer, Audu Bulama Bukarti, petitioned Medical and Dental Practitioners Investigation Panel against Dr Koje and a tribunal was consequently set up in Abuja.
During its sitting on Friday, the tribunal found the doctor guilty of the 12 charges preferred against him.
Chairman of the tribunal, Prof Abba Hassan, said while delivering the tribunal verdict that Koji was guilty of, among others medical offences, engaging in malpractice when he failed to use his considered judgment and sense of honour by acceding to the demand of his patient.
He added, “The respondent exhibited incompetence in the assessment of Hamma. He failed to correctly diagnose the illness of Hamma and advise him. He undertook a surgical operation on the patient and removed an organ he could not identify.
“The respondent failed to refer Hamma in good time when such referral was necessary.
“He failed to do all that he reasonably ought to have done under the circumstances in the treatment of the patient.
“The respondent violated laws 29.4d, 29.4a, 29.4g, 29.4h, 29.4i, 31, 33, 33.1, 33.0 and 43.3 of the Code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria in 2008 Edition.
“The name of Dr Yakubu Hassan Koji, is hereby struck out of the register of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.”