Friday, 31 October 2014

Doctor sacked over patient’s death.Drive Hot News

KAMPALA-The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council has recommended the suspension of Dr Ben Ayiko, a senior gynaecologist at Entebbe Grade B Hospital, over negligence that allegedly led to the death of a pregnant mother three years ago.
According to an October 3 report from to the medical council, which Saturday Monitor has seen, Dr Ayiko neglected a pregnant mother Ms Patricia Gitta leading to, her death in March 2011 at Mulago hospital where she had been referred from Entebbe Grade B Hospital.
“The council has carefully perused the complaint, response, the clinical notes and the evidence given by the witnesses during the inquiry. Dr Ayiko acted inappropriately when he referred the patient from his private clinic to Entebbe hospital where he is the obstetrician without a clear reason for referral and no instruction to what should be done,” the council report reads in part.
Holding fort
At that time Dr Ayiko was acting medical superintendent and holding fort for Dr Moses Muwanga who was on studies abroad.
Medical reports from Mulago hospital, where Ms Gitta died after an emergency operation, indicate she suffered an eclampsia, which required emergency C section and could be managed by Dr Ayiko at Entebbe but he chose to refer the patient to Entebbe hospital from his private clinic and did not follow up on the patient.
The report, signed by Prof Joel Okullo Odom, chairman of the council and other members, cites poor funding to the hospital and poor management of personnel.
It recommends that these institutional ills be addressed urgently.
Despite the council’s interdiction order, sources close to the matter at Entebbe Hospital, said Dr Ayiko is still at work.
Dr Moses Muwanga, the hospital superintendent, said they had not received any communication from the medical council to suspend Dr Ayiko.
“We have not received any document from the council in regard to that matter. We have neither the report nor the suspension letter, thus we have no basis to stop him from working,” Dr Muwanga said by telephone