An interview with Dr Mustapha Abubakar Jamda Associate Professor Department of community medicine College of health Science University of Abuja Nigeria
- Post By : Kumaar Jeetendra
- Source: Microbioz India.The magazine
- Date: 02 December, 2016
Microbioz India also got an opportunity to have an interview with Dr. Mustapha Abubakar Jamda, Associate Professor and Head of Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Science, University of Abuja, Nigeria. The professor defines success as creating a positive impact on people's lives particularly those who are not in a position to pay you back.
Microbioz India: Talk about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours.
Dr. Mustapha: I have worked with many people who have different personalities from mine. Some were very sweet while others were not too pleasant. Let me talk on the ones who were not too pleasant: it is very big task when one puts himself at edge almost all the time. However, I welcome communication with all kinds of people. Once I noticed, I made extra efforts to understand the person better and avoided the things that could lead to conflict. It's always an opportunity to learn from another person.
Microbioz India: How would you define “success” for someone in your chosen career?
Dr. Mustapha : Success is defined based on the goals individuals set for themselves. However, success at the end of the day is being able to create an impact on people's lives positively. It goes beyond just achieving personal gratifications. Microbioz India: Which part in your struggle life and as well as in academic life you are most proud of?
Dr. Mustapha : It is the moments in which I could create something impactful for the lives of people who are not in a position to pay me back. I mean doing good for the sake of doing good. No reward either in cash or kind is expected.
Microbioz India: Describe times in the past year when you have been most upset with yourself at work and career.
Dr. Mustapha : The time I was most upset in the past one year was the period when we were starting a rural health facility in the University. There were many challenges that needed action beyond me. All efforts to get a buy-in or the authority to share my vision for the facility did not yield the desired result. Nobody around seemed to be on my side or meet my expectations of helping hand.
Microbioz India: What do you consider the most important contribution of your academic experiences have made to this Institute / Department? What was your role?
Dr. Mustapha : I started the department of Community Medicine from the scratch as I was appointed the acting head of department, when there was nothing on ground. I was also one of the first staff to be employed in the department and the College of Health Sciences. So, the challenges are as with developing the undergraduate curriculum.
Microbioz India: Sometimes it’s just not possible to get everything on your to-do list done. Tell me about a time your responsibilities got a little overwhelming. What did you do?
Dr. Mustapha : I am at that moment now. Where, I am running an academic program and still function as the acting head of department in the University and University Teaching Hospital. This is in addition to other responsibilities of running an NGO (HADEC Consult), learning another language and family responsibilities.
Microbioz India: Dear Sir, what you would like to suggest all those young readers of Microbioz India magazine facing challenges with career and employment.
Dr. Mustapha: It is key to get a mentor early in one's career. Young people could even have many mentors in different areas of their lives. They should be patient and not carried away by the desire to achieve in a hurry. The achievement that lasts is what was build over time.
Microbioz India: Dear Sir, through this magazine interview,whatmessage would you like to spread?
Dr. Mustapha : Young people should work hard and spread goodness and not evil. Never allow develop intense with colleagues due to competition. And if it develops, it should not be allowed to lead to hatred and injustice. Everything will happen at its appointed time!