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Doctors on trial over death of pregnant woman

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Two doctors with the Federal Medical Centre , Asaba , have appeared before the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Tribunal , to answer charges of gross professional negligence . The doctors , Adewale and Adigba are accused of gross professional negligence which led to the death of a patient in their care . The prosecuting counsel , Mr Nasiru Aliyu , told the tribunal on Monday in Asaba that the defendants while on duty on March 7 , 2017 , negligently handled one of their patients, a pregnant woman , Mrs Rita, now late . According to the prosecutor , they allegedly failed to attend to her as appropriate for the management of her condition . Aliyu said the offence is punishable under section 16 of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act . However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge . Chairman of the tribunal , Prof. Abba Hassan, adjourned the case till Tuesday (today), for address . News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tribunal was established for trial of offences under the medical and dental practitioners act . This is the tribunal ’s third session in 2019 and had already convicted some doctors during its second session for professional misconduct . (NAN )

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