Dr Afa Sa’adu, one of Nigeria’s foremost UK-based doctors has died from the Coronavirus infection. Saadu, who is described as one of the “brightest, kindest and most respected Nigerian doctors in the UK”, died after volunteering to help in the wards and caught the bug.
Senator Babafemi Ojudu wrote on his Facebook page: “He came off the ventilator this morning. It is indeed a sad day for Nigerian Doctors in the UK, but also for doctors worldwide who sometimes are thrown into the deep end without adequate resources. May his soul RIP.”
Dr Alfa Sa’adu graduated from the University College Hospital Medical School, London in 1976 and got his MRCP exam as an SHO at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1979. He has been a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine since 1994.
Dr Sa’adu began his management career as Acting Clinical Director of the Care of the Elderly Department at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in June 2001 and became the Divisional Clinical Director for Acute Medical Care (Accident and Emergency, General Medicine, Elderly Care and Sexual Health) in September 2002. He was promoted to the post of Deputy Medical Director in February 2004 and served on the Trust Board as a non-voting member until February 2010.
In January 2009, Dr Sa’adu was selected for the second cohort of the Top Talent Programme, part of the national Breaking Through Programme aimed at getting more representation of Black and Ethnic Minorities NHS staff lead.