Dr Rahmatu Hassan's Profile

Member, Board of Trustees

Dr. Rahmatu Hassan, an Ophthalmologist, is the immediate past National Coordinator of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), and Head of Nuclear Medicine Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria.

While in that capacity she midwifed the development of several key National cancer control policies prominent of which are the Nigerian National Strategic Plan for the control of cervical cancer in Nigeria 2016-2020, National Strategic Plan for Cancer control (2018 -2022) and an ongoing certification and registration Programme for Clinical Medical Physicists.

She has co-edited a book detailing cancer registry data in Nigeria entitled “Cancer in Nigeria 2008 - 2012” which was published by the Federal Ministry of Health in 2016, and harnessed the editing of a book entitled ‘Cancer Registries in Nigeria’, that was published by the Federal Ministry of Health in August 2018.

Before joining the Federal Ministry of Health in 2011, Dr. Rahmatu, was at various instances a lecturer at the College of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, (1991-2010), a one-time Chairman Medical Advisory Committee of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (2001-2002) and also served as the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre Birnin Kebbi (2002-2010).

Whilst at the Federal Medical Centre Birnin Kebbi, she set up a still existing School of Optical Dispensing Technology in 2006, the first of its kind in Africa.

Currently she is Chief Consultant at Asfar Medical, a capacity building and health systems programme coordination Consultancy.

She has a keen interest in the environmental impact of the increasing use of disposable surgical and other patient care materials.

She also is a keen cancer control activist.

She also holds the traditional title of Sarauniyan Zazzau Suleja, a title that originates from the historical Queen Amina of Zazzau.