by Friday Olokor
The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has said on Saturday that about 96 of its members involved in cases of misconduct are to appear before its investigative panel.
Among the cases under investigation by the panel is the one involving a National Youth Service Corps doctor in Ondo State, who used a practice certificate belonging to another doctor in Jos.
Also, in Cross River State, a doctor working in a government establishment was said to have stolen the certificate of a friend who, he claimed, was dead.
The acting Registrar of MDCN, Dr. Udugbai Ilevbare, at a press briefing, in Abuja, stated that although the total number of misconduct reported so far had risen to about 120, only 96 were ready for investigation.
He said, “The number is actually increasing by the day because Nigerians are now becoming more enlightened. The registered medical and dental practitioners, who breach our code of medical ethics in Nigeria (2008), would be brought to justice, through the appropriate disciplinary organs of the council.
“So far, we have 96 reports/complaints of unethical conduct and these are currently being investigated. Those found guilty would be adequately sanctioned.
Illevbare added that to facilitate this, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, had approved the continuation of the activities of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Investigative Panel of MDCN.
Assuring Nigerians that all cases reported would be diligently prosecuted, he added that all new reports would be promptly treated “to ensure that justice is done.”
According to him, the council is worried because the cases, if unchecked, have “the tendency to bring the profession into disrepute.”
The MDCN boss also requested the general public to “report all persons who practice medicine, but whose activities are suspicious and unprofessional, as they may be quacks or charlatans, for appropriate actions to be taken.”
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