The Cross River State Government on Thursday disclosed that it has suspended Dr Offiong Okoho, whose alleged unprofessional practices led to the death of Prince Otu-Otu Duke, a patient who was under his care.
Duke, who was the Special Adviser to Gov. Ben Ayade on Waste Management, died on April 3, 2020, after undergoing surgery for hernia at the Covenant Clinic and Maternity run and owned by Dr Okoho.
Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, told newsmen on Thursday in Calabar that Dr Okoho has been suspended while his private clinic, Covenant Clinic and Maternity was also closed down.
Dr Edu said that the state Ministry of Health was aware of the complaints about Dr Okoho from some patients he had handled in the past. Vanguard learned that the family of the late Prince Duke, who brought up the matter, have insisted in their petition that Dr Okoho’s mismanagement of their brother’s health condition led to his untimely death Mr Orok Duke brother to the deceased had earlier sent a petition to the Commissioner of Police in the state,
Mr Uche Anozia about the illicit practice and the “illegal clinic run by Okoho. In his petition, Duke stated that “Dr Offiong had operated upon my brother and mismanaged his medical condition in his illegal clinic.
“By the time that my brother, who had fallen into a coma was evacuated and taken to Asi Ukpo Medical Centre for proper medical treatment, he died on 3rd April, 2020.” The Commissioner for Health said that investigation into the various allegations against the physician by members of the public was ongoing.
Ikoho said: “It was after the situation deteriorated that he was placed on oxygen and finally moved to Asi Ukpo Medical Centre, where he died”, he said. On his suspension from the services of the Cross River Government, Dr Okoho said there was nothing he could do other than awaits the outcome of investigation by the Ministry of Health. Responding to the possible cause of death, Dr Okoho said: “The patient could have died as a result of Aspiration Pneumonitis because the nurse at Asi Ukpo said he vomited before he died.