Condemns Baby Factory Clinics
The Medical and Dental
Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has condemned as unethical, the practice by
some medical doctors who use young girls as baby factories to produce
babies for sale. The Registrar of MDCN, Dr Abdulmumuni Ibrahim made the
condemnation at a lecture he delivered on Continuous Medical Education
(CME), entitled: “the Ethical Regulations of the Medical Practice”,
recently in Abuja.
“In recent time, there has emerged a practice where some doctors admit
young women to become pregnant out of wedlock in order to trade their
babies for money.
“Beside the illegal adoption without regard to the adoption law of the
state, it amounts to a crime of human trafficking,” he said.
Ibrahim advised doctors to resist such unethical practices including the
pressure to make money at the expense of patients, and not to submit to
political pressure to compromise on ethical justice.
He also advised doctors against using their hospital as a safe house for
“The ethics talks
about the medical practice in general which involves the practitioner
and the patient,’’ Ibrahim stated,
Ibrahim who was
represented by Dr Nnmeka Wakama, the Assistant Registrar, said that
doctors should acknowledge the right of patients to determine what might
be done with their body.
“It is within the
rights of a sane person to refuse life-saving treatment like surgery or
a blood transfusion,’’ he said.
The registrar stated
that doctors had an ethical responsibility to meet with patients before
diagnosing drugs, and should keep in confidence, patients’
Also speaking, Dr Peter
Alabi, the Chief Medical Director, University of Abuja Teaching
Hospital, advised doctors to regard their profession as a calling and
not a profit making venture.
He explained that many
doctors did not take the effort to learn new things and as a result,
junior doctors are starting to lose respect for the senior colleagues.
Alabi added that
“there are too many things that we do that are not right; we should
speak out about these things because we are gradually and steadily
losing relevance in the society”
He said that the
Federal Government would no longer build power plants while the
distribution of power would also be privatised.
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