One Of Our Great Personality Just Died In London. The Galadima Of Patigi And Former Medical Director London Hospital
BIOGRAPHY: THE GALADIMAN PATIGI
One of Nigeria’s finest In UK
Dr Alfa Sa’adu, BSc. MSc. PhD. MB.BS. MRCP. FRCP. DTM&H
By Ahman Makams
Dr Sa’adu was born on 31st August 1952 in Patigi, Kwara State.
He went to London on 6th October 1960 and enrolled at Manorside Primary School in North Finchley for a year. He attended Preparatory School and then Grammar School in Shropshire as a boarding student (1961-70).
He graduated from University College, London with a BSC in Anatomy in 1973 and from University College Hospital Medical School with MB.BS in 1976.
He passed the MRCP specialist examination when he was just a Senior House Officer at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 1979.
Dr Sa’adu returned to Nigeria in 1979 and did his Nigerian National Youth Service for a year before teaching and training at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Zaria.
While he returned to Nigeria, he was in Bida General Hospital (Now Federal Medical Centre-FMC) and played vital role in taking over from the Foreign Doctors of Pakistanis, Indians and Egyptians then in Bida and played vital role and sacrifice done for the Community of Kwara, Niger and Kogi States as the Bida Hospital was a referral Hospital covering those enclaves.
He came back to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1984 and carry out a series of research studies leading to a Diploma (DTM&H), a Masters (MSC in Clinical Tropical Medicine) and a Doctorate degree in Tropical and Infectious Diseases (PhD).
Dr Sa’adu trained as a MRC Research Senior Registrar in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Clinical Research Centre, Harrow from 1989-92. After further training in Geriatric Medicine at University College Hospital, London (1992-94), he was appointed a Consultant Physician in Care of the Elderly Medicine at Watford General Hospital in 1994.
His leadership role in the NHS started as Acting Clinical Director of the Care of the Elderly and Intermediate Care Department at Watford in 2000. He was promoted to Divisional Director of Acute Medical Care (Accident and Emergency, Medicine, Care of the Elderly and Sexual Health) in 2002 at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust. He was appointed as Deputy Medical Director from 2004 to 2010 and served as a non-voting member of the Trust Board.
Dr Sa’adu was selected a member of the cohort 2 of the National Top Talent Programme and was seconded to the East of England Strategic Health Authority as Chair and Clinical Lead of the Acute Care Programme Board (2009-11). He was also elected to serve as a member of the NHS East of England Innovation Council.
From 2011 to 2014, he was appointed as the Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and worked as an Honorary Consultant Physician in the Department of Medicine for Older People there.
Since December 2015, Dr Sa’adu has been working at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust as the Associate Medical Director for the Medicine Healthcare Group and as a Substantive Consultant Physician in the Care of the Elderly.
Dr Sa’adu, is the third Galadiman Patigi and was turbaned in March 2000.
Speaking on death, Mr Christian Udechukwu said, “This is such sad and terrible news indeed. I know Dr Alfa very well and he was quite a frequent guest of mine for almost 20years. He was a very fine gentleman and an exceptional professional. He will be sorely missed. My prayers and thoughts are with his family at this time. May God comfort and strengthen them for the future. His wife is also a professional and partner with one of the world’s preeminent accounting and audit firms. My condolences and deepest sympathies to Dr Alfa’s family. God bless his memory eternally and grant him peace in Heaven AMEN
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