Finally, but unfortunately, Dr Abdulai dies of Thyroid Cancer despite several efforts made to see that his life was saved…
Dr Abdulai dies after battling with thyroid cancer for about 4 months. He was diagnosed of stage-4 thyroid cancer in May, 2016. Since then, it has been in the reports that the disease was aggressively spreading with the Doctor’s health fast deteriorating.
According to reports, the doctor died on Sunday evening at about 7 p.m. at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) where he was receiving treatments. Reports also reveal that his burial arrangements are still in progress and will be related when due. Left to mourn him are his wife and three children. He died at the age of 65.
Government in August intervened in the ailing doctor’s situation as he was flown on the 9th of same month to Accra for proper medical care, specifically to undergo a radiation therapy which was not available in any Tamale Hospital. The government as well took the responsibility of footing all his medical bills since then.
Following the incident, family and friends of the doctor also created a fund raiser account to solicit for funds from the general public.
About Dr Abdulai
Dr Abdulai was the founder of the Shekhinah Clinic in the Northern Region where mentally ill persons, the disabled, the homeless, HIV positive persons and even the leprous receive accommodation and medical care free of charge. The medical facility which was established in 1989 reportedly receives an average of 30 new patients on a daily basis. He also depends fully on donations in running the clinic.
Dr. Abdulahi is medical doctor who has dedicated his life to serving the poor. After working in government hospitals – Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and 37 Military Hospital to be precise, he decided to move down to the poorest region in the country to fully practice his profession.
Dr Abdulai’s benevolence toward the needy earned him the nick name, “The Mad Doctor” because people think it to be irrational for a medical doctor of his calibre to venture into a non-profit business in this part of Africa where such high level of educational qualification is seen as an escape route from poverty.
However, he was motivated by his tough and very poor experience while growing up, having lost his father to leprosy and his mother with all of his 10 siblings to poverty related illnesses. Since he moved to the Northern Region, the doctor has seen thousands of patients, and is widely acknowledged in the country for his selflessness.
Now, Ghana is left to wonder who will fill the vacuum left by the deceased Dr Abdulai…