Isaac Ovenseri (“Ovens”) Iredia

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:849

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Western Isles Hospital (b Benin City, Nigeria, 1948; q Queen's University, Belfast, 1977; FRCOG), died from malignant lymphoma on 2 November 2004.

Ovens trained in obstetrics and gynaecology in Belfast until 1983, when he returned to Nigeria to take up a post as lecturer and consultant at the school of medicine, Bendel State University. One year later the school was closed by the Nigerian military government. Undaunted, Ovens opened his own clinic and hospital in Benin City, which continued to operate until the late 1990s, although, as the political situation in Nigeria became less congenial, Ovens left to work abroad. After a brief spell in Northern Ireland he became a consultant in Saudi Arabia in 1990. He again tried to continue his work in Nigeria, but left finally to posts in the north of Scotland. He leaves a wife, Patricia, and five children.

[Ian Clark]


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