Prof Auwal Abubakar: The erudite Surgeon who separated multiple Conjoined Twins

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Prof Auwal Abubakar, is a renowned scholar, distinguished abusite, and current Medical Director & Chief Executive Officer of Federal Medical Centre, Yola. He led teams that separated CONJOINED TWIN and earns several awards for leading multiple successful surgeries of separating conjoined twins.

The erudite scholar and Professor of Paediatric Surgery have in the past operated successfully three cases of conjoined twins. On the 14th, May 2018, Prof. Auwal led another team of 26 medical personals including surgeons on a similar mission to successfully carry out the separation of Fatimah and Maryam, conjoined twins born to Mohammed Ramat and his wife Kellu Adam.

Prof. Auwal M. Abubakar was born on 20th January, 1966 in Mayokila village, Leko District of Jada local government area of Adamawa State.

He started his education at L.E.A. Primary School Lengdo in Jada Local Government of Adamawa State between 1973 and 1978. He was at the famous Government Secondary School, Ganye between 1978 and 1981.

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He is among the pioneer set of students for the newly established science secondary schools in the former Gongola state and in form 3 in 1981 were sent to the Government Science Secondary School, Donga, and now Taraba state.

He gained admission at the School of Basic Studies (A.B.U. Zaria) in 1983 and in 1984 was admitted to read medicine at the prestigious Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated with MBBS degree in 1989.

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He did his Postgraduate training (Residency training) at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Sokoto state, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara state for the junior residency training and Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun state and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Lagos state for the senior residency training with specialization in Paediatric surgery.

Video of Prof Auwal Abubakar Receiving a Special Awards

In 1999 this was culminated with the award of the Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) in Paediatric Surgery. He was awarded the Fellowship of the International College of Surgeons in 2004.

Prof Auwal Abubakar’s career

On return he was appointed Lecturer I with the University of Ilorin and a honourary Consultant Paediatric Surgeon to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital between 1999 and 2002.

He transferred his services to the University of Maiduguri in 2003 and a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon appointment with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and became a Senior Lecturer in 2003, Associate Professor in 2006 and a full Professor of Paediatric Surgery with effect from October, 2009.

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He has been Head, Department of Surgery between 2005 and 2010 and the Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (Training), University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, between 2007 and 2015.

Professor Auwal Muhammad Abubakar was appointed Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, (FMC) Yola in 2015. Following his outstanding performance, the Federal Government renewed his appointment for a second and final term of four (4) years with effect from 2nd April 2019.

Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire congratulate Prof Auwal Abubakar
Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire congratulate Prof Auwal Abubakar

Congratulating the MD on his renewed appointment recently, in Abuja, the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, urged the MD to endeavor to improve on the achievement already attained at the Hospital and justify the confidence reposed on him by working with all stakeholders in the sector for harmony and in support of and in support of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Agenda.

He won the Honours Award for a Distinguished National Youth Service in Nigeria in 1991 and in 1992 won the LATUNDE ODEKU prize as the best candidate for the primary examination in Surgery in Nigeria of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.

The MBBS class of 2009 voted him as their most favourite Lecturer in the College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri. He was the leader of the team of surgeons that successfully separated a set of conjoined twins at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and another set in 2018 at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa State.

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Conjoined twins Fatimah and Maryam and their parents after the operation
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Prof Auwal Abubakar with Fatimah and Maryam
Prof Auwal Abubakar with Fatimah and Maryam

In an interview with The Nation on June 19, 2018, Professor Auwal Abubakar was asked;

What informed your interest in these kinds of cases?

“These are very rare problems and any time they happen, they usually make the parents very anxious and agitated because of their very poor background. Some of them have few places where they could look for help and this is also a problem that tests the team work of the healthcare service.”

Is medical tourism outside the country for this kind of cases necessary?

I think for most of them, people who may want to sponsor may also want to get some benefit from the travel because sometimes you see government or some organizations will want to take some responsibility. But like you know, there are many successful separations in the country. We have capable hands who will handle this. We may not have some of the highly technical gadgets but for the human resources we have them in abundance.


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