Fourteen 14 medical doctors, including physician to ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State, may appear before the Medical and Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for various offences, ranging from improper conduct to negligence of duty.
The MDPDC has the status of a High Court as its judgement can be appealed only before the Court of Appeal.
The 14 medical doctors could be arraigned at the sixth sitting of the tribunal at the secretariat of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Other doctors expected to appear before the tribunal, which commenced a four-day sitting on Tuesday, include Fibian Osuji, Freeman Miri, Sunday Elusoji, Iyiola Joseph, Obafemi Kuye, Mukaila Oyewunmi, Erinfolarin Adebayo, Bolanle Adeyemi Ola, Rasaq Akintunde Akindele and Olaide Festus Bolaji.
They are set to appear before the tribunal for the first time, while the trial of Amos Essien, Asemota Omoruyi Orhi, David Udoh and Adolphus Oraifo have been ongoing.
Suntai’s Doctor and Chief Medical Director of Taraba State Specialist Hospital, Dr. Zakari Aliyu, is currently undergoing trial at the Medical and Dental Tribunal.
He is facing one count of divulging information, regarding the health record of Suntai, which was published by media houses, even though he was said to have relocated to the United States for a very long time.
According to the charge sheet, Aliyu’s conducted himself “infamously in a respect contrary to rule 44 of the code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria 2008 edition and punishable under section 16(1)(a) and (2) of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, Cap. M8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”
Although he was also absent at the first sitting, Aliyu, in a letter to the Tribunal, requested that his case be shifted to a later date.
In his opening remark, Chairman of MDPDC, Prof. Jonathan Azubuike, said the tribunal would do everything possible to ensure quick dispensation of justice.
He added, “A lot of water has passed under the bridge and we have been struggling to ensure that cases get judgment.”
According to him, doctors standing trial should appear in person and not by proxy.
The absence of the prosecuting counsel at the commencement of hearing necessitated the adjournment
One of the doctors, Sunday Elusoji, was said to be writing an examination in Lagos, necessitating the adjournment of the trial till Thursday, this week.