Dr Dan Namarika, who was personal physician for the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, has been summoned by Medical Council of Malawi (MCM) to appear before its disciplinary committee to answer charges of negligence on how he handled the deceased after his collapse at the New State House in Lilongwe last April.
Namarika was criticised by an official Commission of Inquiry into circumstances surrounding the death of late Mutharika. He is accused of unprofessional conduct on the way he handled Mutharika during the time he suffered a cardiac arrest and his death.
“We have done our investigations and what is remaining now is for the disciplinary committee to meet,” saidMCM registrar Abel Kawonga, as quoted by The Nation on Wednesday.
He said the council is awaiting government funding for the disciplinary committee to sit.
Said Kawonga: “Dr Namarika is aware that he is supposed to appear before the committee. He will be called for the committee to hear his side of the story.”
The report of the Commission of Inquiry into the death of Mutharika released last week exposed a number of glaring shortfalls on the physician’s role during the President’s time of his need.
Namarika had left his emergency medical kit at his house within the New State House compound at the time he was called to attend to Mutharika after the president had collapsed.
The commission also heard that Namarika had problems attending to Mutharika at the State House and in transit to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) because he had an injury on his arm.
Kaonga said Nam\rika risks being “suspended from the practice” as a doctor.
Namarika is also facing the Council’s probe for removing Mutharika’s file from the hospital and handing it over to the late president’s family in June 2012.