The sudden demise of the late first Plastic Surgeon in Northern Nigeria, Dr Halima Grace Rabeh David has been described as a great lost to medical profession and indeed the entire country.
Speaking during a procession and testimonies held in honour of the late surgical expert in Lokoja on Thursday, the Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital Lokoja Dr Olatunde Alabi described the late medical doctor as a virtuous Woman whose sudden demise has thrown the surgical world into confusion and sorrow.
The event which was organized by Medical and Dental Consultant Association, Federal Teaching Hospital Lokoja and Medical Women Association of Nigeria, (MWAN) Kogi State Chapter was attract friends, family, course mates and colleagues of the deceased.
While describing the deceased as a big gain in heaven following his humanitarian service to the nation, and across the world, Dr Alabi noted the late plastic surgeon is an epitome of humility, who is widely loved by all that have had encounter with her.
Dr Alabi urged members of the medical profession to emulate the good virtue of the deceased, adding that, she would forever remembered for her simplicity, humility, hard work and commitment to the work of God.
In his speech, Dr Ebune Ojochide, from the Surgery Department, Federal Teaching Hospital Lokoja explained that, late Dr Halima Grace Rabeh David lived a fulfilled life while on earth.
Dr Ojochide, who lauded the deceased for her exemplary leadership while on earth said “Living a life worthy of emulation is what people should strive to achieve.
“She fought the good fight and died in the process, and she has been and will continued to be remembered for her selfless service to her country” he said
In his remarks , the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee Dr Ododo Bernard said the deceased is humility personified adding that, Nigeria has lost a great woman on earth and charged the gathering to imbibe the positive life of Dr Halima Grace Rabeh David.
Also speaking , the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Federal University Lokoja, Prof. Mike Ogirima revealed that the deceased was his classmate in 1982.
According to him, the deceased while on earth promoted the work of God and has won many souls for God.
The immediate past President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, MWAN Dr Mrs Patricia Medupin in her emotional remarks recalled that the deceased was the first member to be lost in the history of the association in Kogi State.
Dr Medupin, further stated that the role the deceased played when MWAN was launched in Kogi State in 2015 adding that, she played an important role in sustaining the growth of the association.
He lamented that the death of Dr Halima Grace Rabeh David has brought sorrow and sadness to the association, just as she described her as a pillar who will forever be missed.
She maintained that NWAN is still shocked over the demise of Dr Halima Grace Rabeh David, urging the deceased family to take solace over the irreplaceable loss.
Also speaking, the Kogi State Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA) Dr Baoku Olushola lamented that NMA has lost some members in the last four months.
He described the death of the deceased as sad, just as he commended the family of the deceased for raising a Woman who help changed the the lives of many in the world.
According to him, Dr Halima Grace Rabeh David lived up to the oath in line with her profession, family, religion urging everyone to retrace their steps to serve God.
In his words of appreciation, the husband of the deceased Dr David Simon described his late wife as the best Woman on earth who has the fear of God and has dedicated her life to the service of humanity.
Dr David described his deceased wife as a woman who is very sincere and sacrificial adding that she projected the image of God while on earth.
The bereaved husband also admonished his colleagues to be prepared for their calling from God, just as he tasked them to run away from sins if they must make heaven on the last day.
Late Plastic Surgeon is devoted Christian Woman who hailed from Kofar Yandeka in Kastina, Kastina State.
She was born on October 29th 1962 to Mr and Mrs Rabeh Katsina both seasoned Educationist in present day Katsina,Kano, Kaduna,Bauchi and Gombe states.
The deceased who is the second of three siblings, commenced her primary education Kaduna Capital School between 1968 – 1974.
Dr Halima Grace Rabeh David attended her Secondary School between 1974-1979 at Government Girls, College Dala, Kano.
She also attended Katsina college of Art and Science, Zaria between 1980 — 1982 and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1982 to 1987 for the MBBS degree.
She did her National Youths Service Corps, (NYSC), 1988 -1989. She subsequently engaged further studies and researches, including Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeon in Plastic Surgery 1994 – 2004 at National Orthopaedic Hospital Dala, Kano State.
The late surgeon became the first Plastic Surgeon in Northern Nigeria and commenced practice as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the National Orthopaedic hospital, Dala Kano State.
She has been involved in training others and retraining herself within and outside the country in Taiwan, America among others.
Dr Halima is happily married to Dr David Simon, an Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr Halima has delight in gardening and farming, She is survived by family and friends both home and abroad.