Drama looms as medical council charges three doctors for death of Lagos chef Peju Ugboma

Drama looms as medical council charges three doctors for death of Lagos chef Peju Ugboma

The pastry chef is said to have suffered internal bleeding after the surgery, which made her condition worse.

Three doctors from the Premier Specialists’ Medical Center, Victoria Island, in the state of Lagos, have been indicted by the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Nigeria for the death of a chef, Peju Ugboma.

PUNCH Metro reported that Peju had died after a failed fibroid surgery in the hospital.

The pastry chef is said to have suffered internal bleeding after the surgery, which made her condition worse.

She was later admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital, where a respirator was placed.

Her family accused the hospital of sedating her intravenously, adding that Peju was transferred to Evercare Hospital in Phase 1 in Lekki for a CT scan and dialysis.

However, it was discovered in the hospital that she had no pulse and was pronounced dead.

After a public outcry on social media, the Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency said an order had been given for a death investigation.

The medical council, after receiving a petition from the deceased’s husband, Ijoma, said that a prima facie case of professional misconduct had been established against three doctors.

The council, in a letter to Ijoma dated 1 November and signed by its secretary, Dr. ED Abudu, said the indicted doctors had been referred to the council’s disciplinary court.

The letter read in part, “The Investigation Group of Doctors and Dentists at its 10th session held at the Council Chambers, the Medical and Dental Council Chamber, Plot 1102 Cadastral Zone B11, Kaura District, Abuja, on Thursday 28 October 2021 investigated your petition .

“The investigation is over. The panel determined that a prima facie case of professional misconduct was established against Dr Akiseku Adenlyi Kazeem, Dr Kelechi Kingsley Renner and Dr Motunrayo Amadu.

“The three doctors interviewed were referred to the disciplinary court of doctors and dentists 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.

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