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Medical Doctor Loses Licence for Life For Severing Patient’s Kidneys


A medical doctor, Yakubu Koji, has been banned for life for cutting off the kidneys of a patient at Jimeta Clinic and Maternity in Adamawa State.


The patient, Isa Hamma, has died as a result of the doctor’s carelessness.


Koji has had his name struck out of the register of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria for the fatal error.


Persecondnews recalls that a tribunal set up by the council in Abuja to try the case and it handed down a verdict of guilty in the 12 charges brought against Koji.


The Chairman of the tribunal, Prof. Abba Hassan, said 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.


“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,’’ he said.


Meanwhile, another doctor, Stephen Alayemola of Philadelphia Specialist Hospital, Evite Ikorodu, Lagos, has been suspended for six months after being found guilty of collecting a huge fee from one Mrs Oyenike Adebajo under the guise that he would carry out assisted reproductive therapy/In-Vitro-Fertilisation when indeed he was not an expert in that area.


The tribunal said that he was also guilty of a fee-splitting arrangement for the purpose of referring the patient to other practitioners.


“We are convinced with the weight of evidence against Alayemola that he was guilty of five out of six counts brought against him.’’

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