FTH Gombe gets new chief medical director

Dr Yahaya Saidu Alkali
Dr Yahaya Saidu Alkali

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Dr. Yahaya Saidu Alkali as  the substantive Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH), Gombe, Gombe State.

The appointment letter, signed by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folarunsho Adewale, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment with effect from October 15, 2018, for a period of four years, renewable after a satisfactory service.


Dr. Alkali is a Consultant Paediatrician and until his appointment he was with the Department of Paediatrics of the FTH.

Dr. Alkali is also a senior lecturer in paediatrics at the College of Medical Sciences, Gombe State University.


He served as Head of Paediatrics Department between 2008 and 2010, Deputy Head, Clinical Service and Training, from 2011 to 2013 and Head of Clinical Service from 2013 to 2015. He has been  Chairman of Research and Ethics Committee of the FTH since April 2018.

He was born in Dukku,  Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe State, on April 7, 1963.

He  graduated from the  University of Jos in 1981, where he obtained a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1987. He did his housemanship at the Bauchi Specialist Hospital, Bauchi State, between 1987 and 1988.

The new chief medical director started his working career as Medical Officer II with the Hospitals Management Board, Bauchi, in 1989. He joined the then Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Gombe, in 1998 as resident doctor in 1998. He rose through the ranks and attained the position of consultant paediatrician in 2008.

Alkali is also a visiting consultant paediatrician to Gombe State Specialist Hospital since 2015.


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