- A US-based African neurosurgeon, Dr. Olawale Sulaiman, has made waves for his benevolent gestures
- He travels to his home country monthly to offer surgery services for free
- After being given an opportunity in life, Dr. Olawale Sulaiman says the least he can do is to give back to society
Dr. Olawale Sulaiman has made headlines for his generous act of monthly visits to his native country, Nigeria, to offer free surgery.
He has shown that despite his success abroad in his chosen field, he still remembers home as he goes monthly spending seven to 10 days performing surgery for free for the less-privileged.
The professor of neurosurgery and spine surgery currently serves as the System Chairman of Department of Neurosurgery at Ochsner health system in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Dr. Olawale Sulaiman is also serves as co-medical director of the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute and medical director of the most comprehensive spine centre in the region.
The kind-hearted neurosurgeon is recognised as one of the best spine surgeons in the USA and is skilled in the application of minimally-invasive techniques to treat spinal disorders.
He also founded RNZ Global with the belief that: "There are tremendous number of brilliant Nigerians in diaspora who will significantly contribute to raising the standard of healthcare in Nigeria, based in the metro area of New Orleans who operates and renders his medical expertise in US and Nigeria."
The motivation according to him: " If I have been given all these opportunities in life and the least I can do is to give back to the society."
He stated further that: “My philosophy is whether you are Nigerian, Vietnamese, an American, everybody should have access to some degree of good quality healthcare.”
Dr. Sulaiman's medical mission in Africa started in 2010 with his coming to the continent every few months. Now, he shuttles between USA and Nigeria every month saving lives.
To achieve his medical mission in his country of birth, Dr Sulaiman agreed with Ochsner to give up 15% of his salary so he can have a flexible schedule to travel to Nigeria. In the last five years, Sulaiman and his team have performed surgeries for over 500 patients. They have also screened and provided preventative medicine to more than 5,000 people. Ochsner on the other hand has supported his efforts by sending supplies overseas with him.
Sulaiman has developed programmes to train Nigerians back home so they can spread healthcare to those with no access.
Meanwhile, at a time when plastic has become a herculean menace for many countries, here in Africa, young individuals are undertaking projects that turn plastic waste into fuel like grease, diesel and petrol for household use.
The project has received a GEFSGPGhana UNDP Ghana support to begin the pilot stage of the laudable initiative.
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