Woman sues hos­pi­tal over wrong di­ag­no­sis

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

A WOMAN of Mu­fulira has sued Mopani Cop­per Mines (MCM)’s Mal­com Wat­son hos­pi­tal in the Lusaka High Court for al­leged wrong di­ag­no­sis and mis­in­for­ma­tion that she had syphilis dur­ing preg­nancy.

The com­plainant said in her state­ment of claim that on Fe­bru­ary 20, 2017, be­ing an ex­pec­tant mother who was not feel­ing well, was sub­jected to clin­i­cal tests.

She said a doc­tor on duty in­formed her that she tested pos­i­tive for syphilis.

She said when she dis­puted the re­sults and de­manded a retest, the med­i­cal staff at the hos­pi­tal in­sisted that the re­sults were cor­rect and that there was no room for er­ror.

She added that the med­i­cal staff pro­ceeded to co­er­cively in­flict her with a pain­ful anti-syphilis drug against her will as in their opin­ion, med­i­ca­tion for syphilis had to start im­me­di­ately.

She said that on Fe­bru­ary 25, 2017, be­ing dis­sat­is­fied with the hos­pi­tal’s di­ag­no­sis, she pleaded with the hos­pi­tal to have a new set of tests con­ducted on her so that the pre­vi­ous di­ag­no­sis can be ver­i­fied to be ei­ther wrong or not. She in­di­cated that the new tests were con­ducted on both her and her spouse but that this time, the re­sults came out neg­a­tive.

In or­der to clear any doubt, she sub­mit­ted sam­ples of her blood for a third set of tests which also came out neg­a­tive, she said.

She claimed that the wrong syphilis di­ag­no­sis and pain­ful in­flic­tion of anti-syphilis drugs were caused by neg­li­gence of the hos­pi­tal. “The wrong di­ag­no­sis of syphilis by the hos­pi­tal and its ser­vants was a gross pro­fes­sional dere­lic­tion of duty of care im­posed on med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers to their clients, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the spe­cial cir­cum­stances un­der which I was in as an ex­pec­tant mother, the duty of care ought to have been higher,” she com­plained.

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