Buganda Road Court has ruled that renowned Kampala gynecologist Dr Edward Tamale Ssali has a case to answer and should defend himself.
Dr Ssali, the proprietor of Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre is facing negligence charges resulting from the death of one of his patients Mercy Ayiru, two years ago at his Bukoto based health facility.
Mercy Ayiru died at the Fertility Centre in Bukoto while undergoing an operation to remove fibroids. Tamale Ssali is an obstetrician and gynecologist, however the operation was carried out by Prof. /Dr. Rafique Parker, a visiting doctor from Kenya who was not registered with the council.
A post-mortem report indicated the cause of Ayiru’s the death as cardiac arrest.
Dr Sylvester Onzivua, the pathologist at Mulago hospital in his testimony told court that he conducted a postmortem on the deceased and that the suspects’ negligence caused Ms Ayiru’s death because they inserted the anesthesia tube into her throat instead of the trachea.
Based on the developments, Tamale Ssali is charged with neglect, of duty, failure to supervise an anesthetist at the health facility Christopher Kirunda and engaging Prof/Dr. Rafique B Parker, a Kenyan national, which was not registered to practice in Uganda as required by law.
Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, Olive Kazaarwe held that prosecution had established a prema-facie case against Dr Ssali that needed his explanation before the final verdict is passed.
Prosecution adduced five prosecution witnesses to prove the case against the medic.
“Basing on the current prosecution evidence, this court finds that all the accused persons have a case to answer in connection to the death of one Mercy Ayiru, whom they allegedly operated on in 2010,” Kazaarwe aid.
Court has set December 9 for Dr Ssali to start his defense.