DR BUBA MSHELIA SAIDU-A PRAGMATIC ICON IN MEDICAL AFFAIRS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vision Africa Magazine   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:11

Dr. Buba Mshelia Saidu was born on December 20th, 1962 at Shaffa in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State. His parents are Hajiya Habiba Buba Mshelia and Mallam Buba Mshelia. He started his early educational career at Kwarhi , a primary school in Mararaba Mubi in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State in  1970.From there, he proceeded to the famous Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum in 1976. He emerged the Overall Best Graduating Student in

1981. This earned him admission into the University of Maiduguri to study Human Medicine. He timely completed studying Medicine in 1988. He did his internship at State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri from 1988 to 1989.

This is where he started noticing that a lot of women are dying from “preventable causes of death”. He started developing vision of approach to handling the poor, voiceless women that are dying en masse. He started advocating for FREE MATERNAL HEALTH SERVICES after realizing that most of those dying are dying not because they wanted to die but because they do not have resources to settle hospital bills.

Dr. Buba proceeded to do his N.Y.S.C in the year 1989 to 1990 at Comprehensive Health Centre, Zungeru in Niger State. He continued pursuance of saving the lives of women and children most of the time using lanterns, candles, torch lights sometimes even cigarette lighter to get light in delivery rooms to arrest bleeding or deliver women and resuscitate children and new born babies.

After the NYSC, he returned to his home state Borno where he continued from where he stopped in terms of life saving and increasing the quality of life for the women. He worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from 1990 to 1991 where he was appointed as personal physician to the then Governor of Borno State, Brig General Buba Marwa. While in the government house, he was doubling as personal physician and working in Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department of State Specialist Hospital and Nursing home all in Maiduguri, saving lives.

When the military handed over at the end of 1992, he continued as personal physician to the democratically elected Governor Maina Maaji from 1992 to1993. He gained admission to the Post Graduate Institute of University of Vienna School of Medicine where he bagged Post Graduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, being the best student for the session 1993. He was immediately offerred a place for residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology there. He started in Allgemeinen kranken haus der stadt Wien and completed at Wilheminen spital der stadt wien in 1997 all in Vienna, Austria.

In between 1995, he went to London to sit for his MRCOG Part 1 where he passed with good result. He went back to Austria and in 1997 obtained both Austrian Fellowship of FACHARZT and Fellow of Austrian Medical Association FAMA.

When people were brain draining abroad or those abroad refusing to come home, Dr. Buba “brain drain back to his lovely country Nigeria” The idea was that our women are dying who will come and save them for us, why do we have to develop other countries at the expense and detriment of ours. So he returned in 1997 and back to saving lives and agitating for free maternal and child health. He continued to work in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri as consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.

In 1998, he was appointed Director Medical and laboratory services in Borno State Hospitals Management Board where he influenced a lot of decisions regarding the improvement of the lives of women and children.

From 1999 to 2001, Dr Buba moved to Niger Republic under the Foreign Affairs Programme of Technical Aid Corps (TAC) He replicated what he did in Maiduguri to people of the State of Agadez.(Department De Agadez), a programme that the people continued to cherish up till date.

In 2001, he returned to his cherished hospital, still agitating for better treatment for women and children. He continued to head the Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology at the State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri to date.

In the year 2006, God answered his prayer, The wife of the then Executive Governor of Borno State introduced the “Mrs. Fatima Ali Sheriff Free Maternal Health Care” This offered service to pregnant women from conception to six weeks after delivery. Dr Buba was made chairman of the project. The Programme saved thousands of lives of women and children before handing over of the mantle of leadership to the next first lady of Borno State.

It is obvious that more women had been attending ANC now and the number of women who had access to the free maternal services are numerous and number of lives saved are very high.

Though partially fulfilled, he feels that more can still be done to alleviate the suffering of women and children. He feels that women and children from other states should emulate what is happening in Borno State. He strongly believes that one day, no woman will die from act of labour and delivery in Nigeria. No child under five years should die from the childhood killer diseases. The voice of the voiceless will be heard loud and hope will be brought to the hopeless.

Dr. Buba Mshelia Saidu is a happily married man with three daughters and a son.

That is a brief citation of Dr Buba M.Saidu a chief consultant gynaecologist who made an indelible milestone in his own field in saving and improving the lives of women and children.

 

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