The Egyptian Angel is the story of a doctor who has been treating Nigerians for 50 years

Many memories and situations that are no longer lived. “Egyptian angel As he called him Nigerians Since traveling to them in 1970, he has been telling Sky News Arabia.

Shaker says he traveled to Nigeria To work there, but the deteriorating health situation and the people’s need for care motivated them to stay and to continue for decades, as its citizens suffer from many diseases.

Corona is not the only risk

Not Corona Virus It alone threatens the lives of millions of people, as the diseases “hepatitis B, malaria and typhoid” are the most widespread and affecting citizens, apart from the presence of Measles Cholera and “tuberculosis,” according to Egyptian doctor.

Shaker explains that citizens also suffer from circulatory diseases, pressure, diabetes, stomach ulcers, coronary heart disease and angina. Poor health care negatively affects citizens’ lives and makes them vulnerable to death.

The octogenarian doctor held the position of medical district administrator for the Federal Electricity Company of Nigeria for several years, owns a large medical center in the capital, Abuja, and lives with his family and Nigerian students there.

Shaker tells about his early days in Nigeria, when he started his life in the “countryside” in the “Kaenji” region on the Niger River, in the Nigerian state of Niger, which is the area in which the first Nigerian dam was built – at that time – where he continued to live and work in its model hospital until 1984 year.

Then he moved to Lagos, the capital of the old Nigeria, and was then in charge of the medical district in the Federal Electricity Company and supervised all its hospitals, until he moved to the new capital, Abuja, after being identified in the early 1990s.

Egyptian Nigerian dream

The Egyptian doctor wishes that his wish to build a large “Egyptian-Nigerian” hospital has turned into a tangible reality, and that there will be a wide medical exchange between Egypt and Nigeria, stressing that the Nigerian experience in medicine is very limited and they love Egyptian doctors.

Shaker helped transfer Nigerian cases and injured people to Egypt for treatment, and he also contacted several foreign offices to fund the project that he wishes to see with his eye before his death.

The octogenarian doctor says that Nigeria has witnessed a tangible civilizational shift over the past years, the development of the social situation of the citizens from the previous one, and its people have moved from forest life to the path of urbanization, despite the fact that some groups live in forests until now.

Good people and persistent customs

“Good people with values,” this is how the Egyptian doctor described Nigerians, pointing out that most of them love dancing, singing, music and fun, and this is reflected in their physical and psychological health, and the country’s atmosphere enjoys constant rain as it helps agriculture, and indicates that despite the existence of poverty among the citizens, Its people are in constant cooperation with each other.

“Electricity” is still a crisis that plagues remote areas in Nigeria, poor villages are struggling to buy generators, as the current remains cut off for long hours a day, and public schools are constantly closed due to strikes, and the Corona virus has increased this situation, according to Shaker.

Northeast Nigeria is an exceptional case from the rest of the country, as the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe are located, which contain members of the terrorist organization Boko Haram, which carry out attacks from time to time against civilians and the army.

Shaker describes the situation in Borno, in particular, as “very difficult”, as most of it resides who have been displaced by terrorist operations. In addition, what he called “opposition games” play a role in perpetuating the crisis, despite the army’s attempts to impose control there.

The IDPs of Borno state live in very overcrowded camps with water and sanitation facilities and poor health infrastructure, in addition to the outbreak of acute malnutrition, which puts about 1.5 million displaced people at risk of infection with “Corona”, according to the report of “Doctors Without Borders”, April 2020 .

The Egyptian doctor points out that all those who deal with them love him and have no enemies with anyone throughout the years he lived in Nigeria, and he trusted his neighbors and fully trusted him in the capital, Abuja.

Children and students of the doctor

Dr. Ahmed Shaker’s children were raised in Nigeria, where his son Hisham opens a medical center there, and his daughter Hala is a pharmacist. He also has other children who are his “students” who helped him live and helped them in education and upbringing.

“Shaker” says that he does not like to use the term “servants” to the youth workers in his home and clinic, as he considers them to be his children, due to his belief in “social solidarity,” and he was keen that they all mingle with his two sons and receive lessons with them.

The Egyptian doctor is proud that he helped graduate two poor young doctors in Nigeria, Abdo and Idris, who now have a place in their city, and a young woman who works as an employee at the United Nations now graduated from his hands.

A different experience

Suleiman Ismail, another young man in his twenties, worked with Dr. Shaker, over the course of 10 years. The Egyptian doctor helped him obtain high school and enter university, until he graduated from the College of Commerce and worked as an accountant in Nigeria.

“Sky News Arabia” spoke with Ismail, as he says that he is one of a poor family of 5 people, and he is the only male among his female siblings. His father sought to teach him until middle school, and with the help of Dr. Ahmed Shaker, he enrolled in high school and entered Nasarawa State University.

The young Nigerian (28 years old) met the Egyptian doctor at the end of 2011, and he got to know him through one of his friends and worked to help him with living.

Ishmael does not deny the Egyptian doctor’s preference for him, as he admits that he is grateful for the credit for his life in a positive way, both financially and morally.
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