The former medical director at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow has died of coronavirus.
Dr. Alfa Saadu died from the #coronavirus after coming out of retirement to save lives in the UK.
May Allah accept him as a martyr. pic.twitter.com/J6lEbL7w47
— IlmFeed (@IlmFeed) April 1, 2020
Nigerian-born Dr Alfa 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.
In a social media post, his son Dani said he’d been fighting the virus for two weeks but couldn’t fight anymore.
Dr Saadu died on Tuesday morning at the age of 68. His Son said he was a very passionate man, who cared about saving people. As soon as you spoke to him about medicine his face would light up,
“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. Family came first. He left two sons and a wife, who is a retired Doctor herself in Occupational Health.”
The Chief Executive at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Lance McCarthy, said in a statement that Dr Saadu will be
“remembered fondly by many. Alfa was well-known at the trust for his passion for ensuring our patients received high quality care,”
The former President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, was among those to pay tribute to Dr Saadu in his home country.