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AKGLOBAL Weekend Special: Profile of Dr. Mike Eshiett September 18, 2010

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Dr. Mike Eshiett Dr. Mike Eshiett is a medical practitioner and educator currently based in England, United Kingdom.I asked him for his profile to share with the Akwa Ibom people and obtained below.

By Dr Victor Udo (Moderator, AKWA IBOM GLOBAL)

AKGLOBAL: Dr. Mike Eshiett, tell us a bit about your resume.

Dr. Eshiett: Thank you Ete Victor. How much do you want to know about me? To make it brief, I am from Ukana Ikot Ideh in Essien Udim LGA of Akwa Ibom State. I had my primary school education at the then Central Annang County Council School, Ukana Ikot Ideh. If I am not mistaken, it was one of the first colonial Primary Schools in the then Eastern Nigeria that boasted famous pupils including the late Chiefs Ibanga Udo Akpabio and Akpan Ekukinam Bassey.

I completed my secondary school education at Holy Family College (HoFaCo), Oku Abak, after a year’s interruption by the Nigerian civil war. From secondary school, I took and passed an entrance examination to read pre-med/medicine at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. After my House Job at St Luke’s hospital, Annua, Uyo, I did my NYSC at St Camillus Hospital, Uromi and the General Hospital, Ugbuaja, both in Ishan in the then Bendel State of Nigeria. After the NYSC, I worked for a year and half at the Qua Ibo Mission Hospital, Etinan, from where I left to undertake my post-graduate medical education in the UK, all at my parents’ expense.

Dr Mike Eshiett, DM, FRCP, DTM&H, DCN, MCMI, LLB (Hons)

In the UK, I trained in General Internal Medicine, Neurology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at some of the best hospitals and medical institutions in the world, including the post-graduate medical school, Edinburgh; the Institute of Neurology, Queens Square, London; the School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, Guy’s & St. Georges hospitals all in London, among others. My main area of practice now is in the sub-specialty of Neurological Rehabilitation (Rehabilitation Neurologist in USA). This is because, apart from being a fascinating and fast growing sub-specialty, it is a ‘hands-on”, inter-disciplinary and multi-agency specialty with the widest of scope for research, covering all types of brain injuries and diseases, like stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsies, etc, as well as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from any cause.

My aim was to return to Nigeria immediately after my specialisation and extensive training in order to help train our doctors and those in the healthcare related professions, as well as in delivering high quality, evidence-based medical services to our people. I noted the large number of Nigerians who travelled to the UK and other European countries to be treated by many of us Nigerians here in Europe at an enormous expense to our third world economy. 

However, things to do always work out the way we want. After being interviewed and offered a post as a Consultant Physician/Neurologist at the university of Calabar Teaching hospital, I was shocked to see the then Provost who interviewed/offered me the job, visit me at home in Ikot Ekpene two days later to seek my advice on how he could return to UK for a short spell before going back to Nigeria. It dawned on me that things might not indeed, be as I was made to understand. On careful enquiry, I discovered that lecturers were owed salaries for up to six months in a year and were so poorly paid that many resorted to selling handouts to survive. Facilities for training medical students and doctors, etc, were not only in short supply, but the existing ones were out-modelled and unfit for purpose. In my naivety and enthusiasm to go back and help, these things were never in my contemplation at the time. I am happy to say that my UK mentors/trainers were very pleased to see me return to the UK to practise what I spent years training for. The rest is now history.

I have been a Consultant Physician & Neurologist in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Northwest of England for over 15 years now during which time; I have led, directed and chaired various clinical developments in the 3 hospitals I now cover. In addition, I am involved in training undergraduate & postgraduate medical students and medical doctors undertaking their specialty and sub-specialty training. I am also a medical undergraduate examiner for the University of Manchester and an external post-graduate medical membership examiner for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Membership of learned bodies:

I am a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London, Republic of Ireland and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. I belong to many professional organisations including, the Association of British Neurologists, British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, Member of the Specialty Training Sub-Committee of the Royal College of Physicians London, Member of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation, Member of UK Research Ethics Committee, among others; as well as many advisory bodies.

Outside Medicine, I am a law graduate and have just completed my part-time Bar Vocational training, a student member of the Inner Temple Inn of Court, member of the Chartered Management Institute, UK, an ordained Minister of the Pentecostal Assembly of the World Mission, and most importantly, a life-long Truth Student of the Lemurian Fellowship.

Charitable work:

It was my brain child, to form the Nigerian Medical Forum (NMF) with some friends from the former South Eastern State f Nigeria in the late eighties/early nineties here in the UK with the sole aim of improving medical education in Nigeria. With the generosity of the British medical Institutions, we received medical books, journals, equipments, etc, which we shipped to Nigeria to be distributed to all the then medical schools in the country during the Abacha regime when those items were very much in short supply in there. We even secured the franchise to publish the Nigerian, and later, the West African Edition of the world renowned British Medical Journal (BMJ) in Nigeria. I was also involved in running medical training workshops for doctors in Benue State, Nigeria, under the sponsorship of the British Government in 2001. So, in a small measure, we played our part in trying to improve medical education in Nigeria from our base in the UK.

I have been involved in the formation of many Nigerian organisations in the UK from the mid-eighties/early nineties.

Marital status:

I met and married my wife and partner, Nee Teresa Daniel Enang, now a trainer Social Worker, while we both studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. We have 3 grown up children, Otobong, Mike Jr. and Eminimo and 5 beautiful mixed race grandchildren.

Like my colleague, Dr. Moses Udoh, I say on this Forum: “there are many competent, experienced and able doctors from AKS and beyond who I personally know that are willing and ready to join hands/partner with our dynamic and hard working Governor, His Excellency, Godswill Obot Akpabio to achieve his government’s people oriented excellent goals for healthcare development and delivery in our State.”