Medical Doctor arrested for death of patient

The arrest of an Enugu based medical practitioner, Dr Charles Nwangwu has been confirmed, as operatives of the Inspector General of Police Tactical Squad arrested him after a certain family petitioned his hospital of murdering their father out of medical negligence.

The father of seven, Mr. Jonathan Ugwuanyi, in the petition that was addressed to the IGP, Mr Adamu Mohammed, by the family of the deceased, was said to have been murdered by the management of Mount Zion Medical Center, 9th Mile Ngwo.

The family explained in the petition dated 12th June 2020 that their father was neglected for about 8 hours before someone could attend to him, after he was taken to the hospital with complaints of mild symptoms of loss of appetite, weakness and fever.

The petition partly reads, “Mr. Jonathan Ugwuanyi now late after a bussiness meeting  at 9th Mile Corner presented himself  at Mount Zion Medical Center 9th mile corner Ngwo, Enugu, with mild symptoms of loss of appetite, weakness and fever.

“Around 9.20pm, almost 8hrs after, and with further phone calls, a nurse on duty at the clinic confirmed that he has not been seen by any doctor while the owner of the hospital who has been communicated was no where to be found to review him or to refer him to another hospital.

“At about 6am the next morning one Dr Ngwu ,who introduced  himself as the director of Mount Zion medical center informed the first son of the diseased, Dr Uchenna Ugwuanyi said that they lost Mr Jonathan Ugwuanyi.

The family explained further in the petition that their father was treated with 3 over dozes of  anti-hypertensive within short intervals and by 3.45 am, he was given 20mg of parenteral hydralazine rush, which was the last and very potent vasodilator that killed him immediately.

However, Dr Charles Ngwu, explained that the family indeed wrote a petition, but the situation is being handled. He confirmed that the patient died at his hospital, but it was not the fault of the management or any doctor.

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