Alfa Saadu Bio – Wiki
Dr Alfa Saadu was a UK-based Nigerian doctor, who died from complications of coronavirus. He has died at the age of 68. He had worked for the NHS for decades, last working in Essex with the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow. Dr Saadu retired following a glittering 40-year medical career in 2017 but carried on working part-time at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire.
Earlier Life, Career
The doctor, who grew up in Nigeria’s Kwara state, moved to the UK when he was 12-years-old and worked for most of his career in the UK, with a stint of teaching at a hospital in Nigeria.
Dr Alfa Sa’adu graduated from 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 has 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 leading at Board level. He was seconded to the East of England Strategic Health Authority as Clinical Lead and Chair of the Acute Care Programme Board in July 2009 to lead the implementation of the Acute Care arm of NHS East of England’s “ Towards the best, together “ ten-year strategic vision. He was also elected to serve as a member of the East of England Innovation Council during this time. He concluded his secondment and the concurrent development programme at The King’s Fund in January 2011.
Dr Alfa Sa’adu started at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust on 1st February 2011 as Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive and served until 30th September 2014.
On 1st October 2014, Dr Sa’adu was appointed as the Interim Medical Director / Responsible Officer / Caldicott Guardian of the new merged Integrated Care Organisation known as the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. He accepted voluntary redundancy from the Trust on 31st July 2015.
Dr Alfa Saadu Wife, Family
His son Dani posted on Facebook: “He had been fighting the virus for two weeks but he could not fight any more. “The NHS were amazing and did everything they could.
“My dad was a living legend, worked for the NHS for 40 years saving people’s lives here and in Africa.
“My dad retired and was working part-time at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire until his passing. He was a massive family man and we did everything together. The family came first. He left two sons and a wife, who is a retired Doctor herself in Occupational Health.”
Death & Tribute
He died of complications from coronavirus on Tuesday. Saadi’s death was announced by his son, Dani Saadu who stated that “had been fighting the virus for 2 weeks but he could not fight anymore.
Confirming his death, former Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki took to his Facebook account to mourn the deceased, stating that he will be surely missed.
He said, 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.
Late Dr Sa’adu provided leadership for our people in the diaspora as he served for many years as chairman, Kwara State Association of Nigeria (Kwasang UK).
Back at home, he was a community leader and traditional office holder as Galadima of Pategi. He will be sorely missed.
We pray that Allah forgive his sins and grant him a place in Aljannah Firdaus.
May Allah also grant his family, the people of Pategi and Kwara State the fortitude to bear the loss.