Taraba State - Chief medical Director of the Taraba State Specialist hospital, Dr. Zakari Aliyu, is to face the Medical and Dental tribunal for breaching the legal ethics of his profession. Apparently, he has divulged information on the health of the ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai.
It will be recalled that in October 2012, Suntai was involved in a plane crash and sustained brain injuries. He was subsequently treated both in Germany and the United States before returning home. Since then, his health and attempts to resume office have become a highly-speculated topic.
The tribunal began yesterday and is to continue for the next two days.
Dr. Aliyu is facing a one-count charge of "divulging information" regarding the health records of Suntai. According to the charge, Aliyu conducted himself "infamously in a way (that displayed a lack of) respect, contrary to rule 44 of the code of Medical Ethics" in the Nigeria 2008 edition.
However, it was revealed that Mr. Aliyu is currently residing in the United States and was unaware of the tribunal’s summons. In an apology letter read at the hearing, he stated he first heard of the trial through the newspaper. He pleaded to grant him some time to prepare adequately and attend the next sitting of the tribunal.
Ten other doctors are also to appear before the judge. They are facing charges not related to the Aliyu case. the doctors are David Emmanuel Udo, Godwin Ugbam, Friday Samuel Wokoma, Temitope Gabriel Onile, Nzurumike Charles Nnanna, Danmusa Ademu Ochala, Omotayo Oluwadamilola Akinro, Theophilus Maksha Dabkana, Dafe T. Adiki and Udezue Nnameka Obumneme.
They are facing charges for malpractice, divulging of medical records of a patient, unethical practice, negligence of duty and professional misconduct.