Former Bauchi health commissioner Hassan dies in auto crash

The Head of Department, Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, Dr Zuwaira Hassan, has been killed in a fatal crash.

According to PUNCH Newspaper, the crash occurred on Monday morning at Zaranda village, about 36 kilometres away from Bauchi metropolis.

Dr Hassan, a Commissioner of Health during the immediate past administration of Mohammed Abubakar, died at the age of 46.

Details of the crash were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report.

Funeral prayers will hold at 1.30 pm at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Central Mosque on Monday.

This will be followed by the burial at the Muslim burial ground along Gombe Road in accordance with Islamic rites.

A younger brother to the deceased, Garkwu Adamu, the Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Bauchi State Command, who confirmed the incident to a Punch correspondent in a telephone interview said that the news of the death was shocking and devastating.

He said: “Yes, it is true, she died this morning in an accident at Zaranda village on her way to Bauchi from Jos, Plateau State.

“They were three driving in the vehicle when the incident happened. It is a really sad and tragic incident that you will just wake up with someone and the next moment, that same person is gone, it is really sad.

“She was really hardworking and dedicated to her work. We will really miss her a lot.”

When contacted, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Yusuf Abdullahi, said he was yet to get details of the crash.

She left behind a husband and three children.

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