Alfa Saadu, Retired NHS Doctor, Dies from COVID-19 after Treating Patients in the UK
The UK just lost an essential member of society to the coronavirus. Alfa Saadu is a retired doctor who recently passed away after contracting COVID-19.
Saadu, 68, died on Tuesday after battling the coronavirus for two weeks. The sad news was confirmed by his son, Dani, who posted about his father on social media.
Saadu refused to go to a hospital
The doctor passed away at the Whittington Hospital in London after coming down with symptoms of the virus. Saadu immediately self-isolated when he noticed the signs of the virus.
His family suggested he go to a hospital, but Saadu insisted he "did not want to take up a hospital bed because others would need it." Dani explained how his father’s face would “light up” when a discussion was around medicine.
Nigerian Born Doctor Alfa Saadu returned from retirement to the frontlines of #COVID19. He has now given his last full measure of devotion to the Queen and United Kingdom.— Amara Nwankpa (@Nwankpa_A) April 1, 2020
Bury him a hero. 🙌🏽 https://t.co/eE0YeNdnL2
His four decades of work
Saadu worked for the NHS “for nearly 40 years in different hospitals across London,” according to his son. He was also the chairman of the Kwara State Association, an organization that was dedicated to helping those from his home state of Kwara, Nigeria.
The doctor had been working part-time at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire after his retirement. He migrated to the UK from Nigeria.
"This virus is not a joke."— ITV News Anglia (@itvanglia) April 1, 2020
The son of a former leading doctor at the @NHSHarlow has pleaded with people to take #coronavirus "seriously" after his dad died from #COVIDー19: https://t.co/1D85z4i8QP pic.twitter.com/DK84F4HVbX
Going into retirement
In 2016, Saadu retired as medical director at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. He also worked as a consultant and acting clinical director of the care of the elderly department at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Such sad news. Dr Alfa Saadu was the father of a lovely guy I knew at school Dani Saadu. Sending love to him. Apparently he didn’t go to the hospital because he didn’t want to take up a bed. Really brings it all home. This crisis will touch us all. https://t.co/gFfKvjflt1— Heydon Prowse (@HeydonProwse) April 1, 2020
Saadu’s other work
The doctor had also been the medical director and consultant physician at Ealing Hospital. He’s reported as the fourth NHS medic to die from the coronavirus.
Top NHS doctor Alfa Saadu dies from coronavirus after returning from retirement to help fight the outbreak, now leading on @HuffPostUK. Beyond tragic. #COVIDー19 https://t.co/T9a6rNVGke pic.twitter.com/8wWsLTVwER— Nadine White (@Nadine_Writes) April 1, 2020
Former Nigerian President honors Saadu
Former Nigerian Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki paid tribute to Saadu. Taking to Twitter, the former president shared his condolences with the doctor’s family.
Inalilahi Wa Ina Ilaehi rajiun. My condolences go to the family of late Dr. Alfa Sa'adu, the people of Pategi and Kwara State on the death of the foremost medical practitioner who passed away in London this morning.— Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) March 31, 2020
Who he leaves behind
Dani revealed that his father was survived by two sons and a wife. Saadu’s widow was also a retired doctor who worked in occupational health.
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