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Up-close with Nurse Alhaji Namisi


1. Tell us about your journey to get to where you are.


My journey started way back in 2010 after completing my high school. My experience and faith led me down a path where I know I can make a difference in the lives of others. So I enrolled in Nursing school and attained Bachelors of Science in Nursing and am now registered Nurse.

2. What would you say is your greatest work achievement to date?


I have been able to create awareness and educate people across the country on the importance of First Aid and basic tips of resuscitating a person you may encounter having a cardiac arrest. Through that we have been able to receive donations for heart start Defibrillators.

3. Describe your typical patient.


We get to attend to many patients but most that we do is trauma related patients as a result of Road Traffic Accidents. You will find patients with trauma complications ranging from Head injury to fractures and many more.

4. What challenges do you face in your day to day work?


Long shifts in high stress life-or-death situations.

You also have to worry about the dangers of a chaotic environment from violent people to safety on the road.

Delays also in receiving patients in hospitals is a big challenge.

5. Despite these challenges, tell us what keeps you going.


I have always wanted to be there when people need a hug or tears dried. Saving a life is like creating one and this helps in keeping me going on. Being a comforter and a team player.

6. What changes have you had to make to adjust to the ‘new normal?’


I have had to do more of trainings especially in Pre-hospital set up. Enroll in a gym to keep fit as we do a lot of lifting and check on my diet to stay fit always. I have had to be accustomed be up by 4am every single day as well as my shifts run from 7am every single time.

7. Who do you look up to in the health sector?


I look up to the full implementation of Universal Health Coverage so that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardships.


8. What would you like to be known for in the medical world?

I would like to be known as a person who went out of his way in teaching and training masses on basic first Aid tips and championing the implementation of UHC.


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