Two axed from doctors’ roll over patient’s death in botched surgeries

Source: The Standard
Two doctors found to have caused the death of a patient five years ago due to negligence have been fined Sh100,000 each. The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board also ordered the two doctors in Kisumu County to surrender their practising certificates. Aggrey Akula and Francis Ayugi were penalised for allegedly removing the patientâ??s womb instead of fibroids. The board cracked the whip on the two after finding they were negligent in performing their duties as doctors at the Kisumu East District Hospital. They were ordered to pay Sh100,000 each within 30 days as part of the sitting costs for the boardâ??s committee. The board, consisting of eight people and chaired by Kisumu County Director for Medical Services Ojwang Lusi, also ordered the district hospital to put in place an appropriate records management system within 30 days.
The decision followed a disciplinary committee constituted by the board to hear a complaint logged by Serphine Akinyiâ??s husband, Geoffrey Juma, over circumstances in which his wife died five years ago while undergoing medical treatment. The two were admonished for failing to consult a surgeon on time, a move that allegedly led to a failed operation and consequently the death of Akinyi, 40.

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