Dr. Ibrahim Wada (OON)
About Dr. Ibrahim Wada (OON)
Founder/Executive Vice Chairman
Dr. Ibrahim Wada (OON), was born in Anyigba, Kogi State on 19th August, 1957. He had his earlier education at Roman Catholic School, Dekina, St. Charles College, Ankpa and Government Secondary School, Dekina where he finished as the best graduating student in 1974.
Dr Wada attended the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU) from 1974 -1975 and had his medical education in the same university, graduating with an MBBS degree in 1980. He did his Houseman ship at Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), 1980/81.
Dr. Wada began his specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at JUTH, Jos in 1982, after the NYSC and made a mark in 1984 as the first doctor from the region to pass the specialist examinations of both the Nigerian and West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges.
He left for the UK in May 1986 to continue his specialist training at Addenbrooke’s Teaching Hospital, Cambridge and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital UK, King’s Lynn Norfolk.
In February 1988, he bagged the specialist postgraduate degree in O & G, and became a member of the prestigious Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London at his first attempt.
The success of his effort at Nisa became public when ‘Baby Hannatu’ was born on 12th February 1998. The breakthrough was thoroughly investigated and confirmed by a committee of the Federal Ministry of Science & Technology who ascertained that all necessary scientific processes were duly followed. It should be noted that this was the first time a government committee would authenticate the birth of a ‘test tube baby’ in Nigeria.
- Dr. Wada and his Nisa team have since then achieved a number of other feats in infertility procedures including:
Nigeria’s first set of ‘test tube twins’ (May 1999), followed by the country’s first ‘test tube triplets’ in February 2000 and ‘quintuplets’ in June 2000.
- The first scientific team to successfully freeze and thaw human embryos.
- Nigeria’s first IVF team to produce a living test tube baby from an embryo that had been kept frozen for more than 4 months on 12thOctober, 2001.
- In August 2006, Dr. Wada led the IVF team of the National Hospital Abuja, to a highly successful pilot test tube programme- the first of such a feat in the history of public hospitals in Nigeria!
Dr. Wada has published 16 scientific papers in international journals in Europe and America. He has held several positions at National Hospital, Abuja, ranging from Chief Consultant O & G to Director of Clinical Services & Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (C-MAC). At Garki Hospital Abuja, he was the pioneer Medial Director/Chief Executive officer when Nisa Premier Hospital entered into the first ever Public Private Partnership agreement with the FCTA in 2007. He is currently the Chief Visiting Consultant and IVF Expert at Nisa Premier Hospital.
Dr. Wada has been honoured in and outside Nigeria by several professional bodies some of which are:
- Member of the Faculty of Family planning & Reproductive Health, London
- Fellow of Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecologists, London
- Fellow of West African College of Surgeons
- Fellow of International College of Surgeons
- Fellow Institute for Health Insurance & managed Care in Nigeria
In December 2006, the Federal Government of Nigeria bestowed on Dr. Wada the Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) national award