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MEET DR ZENABU RAMATA SEIDU

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

We are back again with our special blog feature on Rholin’s Angels; dedicated to highlighting inspiring stories and experiences of young professionals and Rholin fans all over the world!

Today, it is time to meet Dr. Zenabu Ramata Seidu, who talks about life as a doctor and gives us tips and advice on how to move up on our own professional journeys. Enjoy!

What is your name and what do you do?

My name is Dr Zenabu Ramata Seidu, and I am a medical doctor.

How did you get into this profession?

As a child, I was not sure what I wanted to be until I completed senior high school. Then, my dad who knew what I would be awesome at suggested I do my best to get into medical school. By God’s grace, I did, and that by far has been the best decision I ever made.

Was this always your dream?

Honestly no! However, since I started living it I have not been able to stop wondering why I never did!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

When a patient or relative says, "God Bless you"; it is the most satisfying statement one could ever hear. This helps me feel like I am serving Our Good Lord with my job, and that makes me work even a million times harder.

What is the most challenging part?

It is difficult working in a country where many things do not work as well as they should. Sometimes you readily want to go out of your way to save a patient but when you look around you, an impossible shiver runs down your spine because of a lack of basic equipment, medication and amenities. However, as doctors we do our very best with the little resources provided for us.

What do you do when things get challenging?

I try all means within my capability and pray it works. To other challenges like long hours and lack of sleep, I simply take it a day at a time, and sleep as much as I can at the least opportunity.

What is your most memorable moment on the job?

I have had loads of memorable moments, but the one that always makes me smile was when I realized the father of my patient (an 11-year old boy) didn't understand his son had moderate mental retardation despite bringing him to hospital for the past 9 years and paying for his treatment. In despair he asked, "What is wrong with my son, and will these medications ever make him better?" That is when it hit me: he did not know much about what had been going on all these years. I am not a parent yet, but I could appreciate his pain and love at the same time. I then took some time aside (even though I had loads of impatient patients waiting in line) to explain the entirety of his child's condition to him. I realized that because of what I did, I had given him some closure and reassurance. He then told me "God bless you", that fulfilling statement.

What tips and advice do you have for someone who wants to be where you are now?

Be sure that what you are doing or pursuing is exactly what you want to do. When you love what you do, even the challenges seem like blessings in disguise. Work hard, work on fantastic communication skills and learn to separate your emotions from the job, or else you could burn out.   

What are your plans for the future: short term and long term?

My current short-term goal is to specialize in a field of great interest; and long term, I want to always be remembered as a great doctor even after my demise.

Who is your role model? Why?

Professor Thaddeus Ulzen is my role model, the best psychiatrist I have met so far. I was astonished by how much knowledge and experience he had, from the first day I met him. More importantly his commitment and dedication to a field that many stigmatize and neglect, was inspiring. I pray I harbour such skill irrespective of the field I specialize in someday.

Leave us with a motivational quote!

“Become what and who you want to be, irrespective of what you feel people would want for you.” - Dr Seidu.


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