The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has suspended Adepoju Anuoluwapo, a Lagos-based doctor, from medical practice after she performed cosmetic surgery on a client who later lost her life as the procedure allegedly failed.
The Federal Competiton and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) confirmed the news in a statement on Monday.
Recall that the cosmetic surgeon, who runs the MedContour Services Ltd, a medical facility in Lagos, was arrested in July over the death of one of her clients.
The federal government had also arraigned the doctor before a high court in Ikoyi while her facility was shut down.
In the statement, the FCCPC lauded the MDCN’s decision to impose interim measures suspending the accused surgeon “pending full and final disposition of disciplinary proceedings.”
“Every action whether interim or final that prevents the risk of injury to patients/consumers and or mitigates the pain and suffering of citizens on account of injury by manufacturers or service providers is an important component of a larger effort to protect citizens,” it added.
UPDATE: Medical and Dental Council Takes Interim Disciplinary Action Against Dr. Anu Adepoju (Med-Contour) pic.twitter.com/eIawtPTwMu— FCCPC Nigeria (@fccpcnigeria) November 23, 2020
“The Commission finds all such actions or measures commendable. This outcome, interim as it were, validates and reinforces the proprietary of joint or dual regulatory engagement as the Commission always advocates.
“The initiation of robust consumer protection regulatory intervention in the case has catalysed other relevant and appropriate action.
“The Commission commends and appreciates the stellar and robust work, as well as timely disposition in resolving this case in a manner that respects and protects the rights of the service provider, specific citizens who have become otherwise dissatisfied with the services they received, and the public at large.
“This is a demonstration that the system works and can endure, as well as inure to the benefit of society. Whether patient care or good manufacturing, ultimately, the highest responsibility is to consumers.
“We as regulators must hold producers and providers accountable to that obligation. Other regulatory actions continue in due course.”
FULL NEWS:— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) November 23, 2020
Dr. Anuoluwapo Olufunmi Adepoju has been suspended from the medical profession in Nigeria with effect from 5th November 2020. The suspension Order was issued by the Medical and Dental Practitioners Investigation Panel pursuant to powers conferred on it by s15(3)c of
the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act Cap M8 LFN 2004.— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) November 23, 2020
She graduated from College of Medicine Unilag 2017. By December 2018 she carried out a Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery procedure on a patient who developed complications and went on to die from the complications.
She was a House Officer when she carried out the procedure.— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) November 23, 2020
Her suspension is till further notice.
It is pending the determination of the case by the Medical and Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.
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