June 23 was a day of both celebration and sadness for the community of Wadena as they bid farewell to Dr. Boktor, who was departing the community for Ottawa. A coffee party was hosted at the Wadena Hospital to celebrate the time Dr. Boktor spent in the community as a physician.

On behalf of hospital staff and the community, Sommer Macleod thanked Dr. Boktor for being a part of the Wadena health care team for the past two years, and wished him, his wife Phoebe and their daughter Deborah success and happiness in Ottawa.

Doctor Boktor and his family.

Doctor Boktor and his family.

Dr. Boktor responded by extending his gratitude to the staff and community, stating that he enjoyed working with the staff and Wadena had been home for the past two years. He also shared that they would return to visit, as they were leaving with many fond memories.

Just over a week later,  Dr. Alfaour Bani Alabbas Alhussein arrived in Wadena to work in the hospital and the community clinic. Dr. Hussein joins Dr. Mosenza Kiapway and Dr. Yabondo Mukendi, who are already practicing in Wadena.

“We wanted to make sure that with Dr. Boktor relocating to Ottawa that we would be able to find a new doctor as quickly as possible,” says Sheila Achilles, director Primary Health Care Saskatoon Health Region. “Having Dr. Hussein arrive within days of Dr. Boktor leaving means the community hasn’t had to worry about having a doctor available.”

Dr. Hussein had been practicing in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates before moving to Wadena. He is married with a young son and his family is now adjusting to life in Wadena.

“The past month has been very busy for my family and for me relocating to Canada and moving to Wadena,” says Dr. Hussein. “We are enjoying getting to know our neighbours and everyone has made us feel like we are part of the community.”

Dr. Hussein has completed the required Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) training.

With the Wadena Primary Health Clinic now using electronic medical records, this will make it easier for Dr. Hussein to work with patients and have their complete medical history at his fingertips.

Residents are encouraged to book their medical appointments at the Wadena Primary Health Clinic rather than attending the emergency department for routine medical care. Residents are also encouraged to use the provincial HealthLine at 1-877-800-0002 for expert medical advice 24/7.