For everyone who knew or associated with Dr. Gabriel Omobowale Olapade before his untimely death, there is a common impression: He was a young man who was determined to make an impact on the lives of people through his chosen profession. For late Gabriel Olapade, medicine was not just a profession but a passion he lived with a desire and dedication to making an impact by touching lives.
Until his death, he was the resident anesthetist at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He studied at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (USL), where he acquired his MB ChB, and later did his housemanship for two years.
His voracious desire for education geared towards seeking more knowledge led him to earn a Diploma in Anesthesia. Unfortunately, he died from head injuries sustained in a road accident while on his way to respond to an emergency call to see a patient at the ICU, where he was incidentally admitted after the accident.
Gabriel was an easy-going, humble and dedicated family man, married with two children. No doubt, the medical association in Sierra Leone has lost a rare gem and comrade in Dr. Gabriel Omobowale Olapade.