Two Lagos doctors working with a private hospital, St. Raphael Divine Mercy Specialist Hospital at Ijede, Ikorodu, Lagos State, are to face the consequences stipulated by the law for allegedly causing the death of their patient, Omojola Bamgboye during the surgical procedure.
The doctors, Taiwo Shogunle, 53 and Dr. Adeleke Olusegun, 43, have been brought before a Lagos Magistrates’ Court for allegedly forgetting a towel inside a patient after surgical operation.
The duo were arrested by operatives of the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos and after investigations by Inspector Monday Omoigui and his team, the doctors were arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on a one count charge of felony, to wit, murder.
According to Supol Eshiet Eshiet, the police prosecutor, the Lagos doctors committed the offence between 18 and 19 of December, 2015 at St. Raphael Divine Mercy Specialist Hospital, Ijede, Ikorodu, Lagos.
Supol also told the court in charge No L/28/2016, presided over by Magistrate A.T. Omoyele that:
“Shogunle, 53 and Olusegun, 43 were arrested by operatives of the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos. The doctors unlawfully killed the man during surgical operation by negligently abandoning a foreign body, towel, in his abdomen.”
The prosecutor added that the offence is punishable under section 222(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the allegations and the magistrate admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Omoyele adjourned the case till 9 September, 2016 for mention, directing the prosecutor to duplicate the case file and forward it to the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, for advice.
Doctors are called to be life savers – and a lot of them actually are – but it is very terrible that a very good number of them have become instrumental to the pains and agony of many families as a result of their carelessness which often results to the death of loved ones.
To correct this over-stayed attitude of being incautious with work, I believe it is our responsibility to always report any unethical behavior to law enforcement agencies and do away with the ‘leave it for God’ mentality.