The Chief Medical Director of the National Eye Centre, Kaduna, Dr Mahmoud Alhassan, has bagged Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN’s) outstanding award for his performance in health care delivery services.
National president of MHWUN, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, said Dr Alhassan was chosen from among chief executives of federal tertiary hospitals in the country for the award, based on four assessment indicators used by the union.
These, according to him, include labour friendliness, general staff welfare, infrastructural development and clinical development.
The award was also given to chief executives of Federal Medical Centre, Asaba; and Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe during the quadrennial national delegates’ conference of tertiary health Institutions.
Dr Alhassan, in his remarks, said the award would encourage him to make more strides in leading the national eye centre to achieve its mandate of service for sight.
Alhassan, who took over the leadership of eye centre in 2015, did his residency programme in ophthalmology in the Centre from 1993 to 1999, leading to his being awarded the Fellowship of West African College of Surgeons (FWACS).
He then proceeded to Singapore where he obtained the Fellowship in Vitroretinal Surgery and Medicine in 2002. He again soared higher in 2013 when he obtained Masters in Science in Public Health for Eye Care (MPHEC) from the University of London and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In the course of his employment with the Centre, Dr Alhassan has held several leadership positions, attended several national and international workshops, presented papers in various professional conferences and has several published research papers to his credit.
The National Eye Centre under his leadership has been experiencing a harvest of awards. In 2018, Dr. Mustapha Bature, a resident with the Centre got Professor Adenike Abiose’s award as the best student in the West African College of Surgeons Part I examination at first attempt.
The same year, Mrs Abah Mary, a student of the National Eye Centre’s
School of Post-Basic Ophthalmic Nursing received the award of the Forum of Heads of Nursing Institutions in Nigeria (FOHNIN) as the overall best candidate for Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Ophthalmic Nursing Programme examination.