United Nations Volunteer Program, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Akeem Adedolapo, MBChB, MSc PH (Epidemiology)
General Medical Practitioner, United Nations Volunteer Program, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Société coopérative médicale de Beaulieu scholarship
I am Adedolapo Akeem, I was born in Nigeria on the 29th of December 1973. I graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2003 with an MBChB degree in medicine and surgery. I also studied for a master of science in public health with option in epidemiology, which I obtained in 2010 from University of Lagos, Nigeria. I sat for the primary fellowship examination at the West African College of Public Health, which I passed in October 2010.
After graduating from medical school in 2003, I did a one-year internship training in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Ikeja, Lagos, between 2003 and 2004. I did one year of community service in a rural general hospital in northern Nigeria between 2005 and 2006. In late 2006, I joined the service of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre in Oshodi, Lagos, as a general duty civilian medical officer. I provided medical care to both service and retired military personnel with the civilian staff in the institution, and to people living in its environs. In 2010, I resigned from the service of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre and joined the service of the Lagos State Health Service Commission. Because of unacceptable maternal mortality in Nigeria, and as a way of contributing to the attainment of millennium development goals in my country, I requested to be posted to the Maternal and Child Centre, Isolo General Hospital, Lagos, where I worked actively as a medical officer in the obstetrics and gynaecology department for almost two years.
Because of my zeal to contribute to global peace and development, I left the comfort of home to join the United Nations Volunteer program in South Africa. I have been working as a UNV volunteer general medical practitioner in a rural district hospital under the United Nations Development Program support to the health sector in Limpopo province since January 2012. My duties are: provision of antenatal and postnatal care to the patients, monitoring and delivery of pregnant women in labour, performing caesarean operations on pregnant women when indicated, and treating patients with gynaecological problems and performing minor gynaecological operations. Other duties include provision of general medical care to patients, most of which are suffering from chronic diseases like Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and their complications; provision of emergency obstetrics, gynaecology, medical, surgical and paediatric care to patients during call hours; and teaching of nurses, and internship and community service doctors.
Publications in journals
- Awobusuyi JO, Mapayi FA, Adedolapo A. Blood loss during vascular access cannulation: quantification using the weighed gauze and drape method. Hemodial Int. 2008 Jan;12(1):90–3.