WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A retired doctor who went back to work to help fight the coronavirus pandemic had died of the disease.
- Alfa Saadu, 68, suffered from COVID-19 for two weeks before his eventual death.
- The doctor’s son considers his death as a wake-up call for the public to take the coronavirus threat seriously.
According to reports, a doctor in the UK who went back to work from retirement so he can help with the coronavirus cases had died of COVID-19 just this week.
Sixty-eight years old doctor Alfa Saadu who worked at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire had suffered from the virus for two weeks. He eventually died on Tuesday morning as confirmed by his son, Dani, on social media.
Dani wrote, “my dad was a living legend, worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years saving people’s lives here and in Africa. Up until he got sick, he was still working part-time saving people.”
In an interview with Huffington Post UK, Dani referred to his father as “a very passionate man, who cared about saving people.”
He said, “as soon as you spoke to him about medicine his face would light up. He loved to lecture people in the world of medicine — he did so in the UK and Africa.”
Dani added that for Dr. Saadu, family comes first. He left two sons and a wife, who is a retired doctor herself in occupational health.
Reports said the doctor migrated from Nigeria to the UK. He let go of his medical director role at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in 2016.
In a statement issued by Chief Executive Lance McCarthy of Princess Alexandra Hospital, he commended the good doctor saying, “Alfa was well-known at the trust for his passion for ensuring our patients received high quality care. He was a committed member of the team and is remembered fondly by many. His family and friends are in our thoughts at this sad time.”
Nigerian Senate’s former president, Bukola Saraki paid a tribute on Twitter. He wrote that Dr. Saadu provided leadership for their people in the diaspora and that he will be sorely missed.
Meanwhile, Dani considers the death of his father as a wake-up call that must be taken seriously by the public.
According to Metro, Dani wrote, “the coronavirus is not a joke, please take it seriously and listen to the government. Please stay safe and protect your loved ones — nothing is more important.”
Source: New York Post