A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, most frequently by a clot in an artery supplying blood to the brain (ischemic stroke), and sometimes by hemorrhage when a burst vessel causes blood to leak into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke).

Although older age is a risk factor for stroke, up to 15% of all strokes occur in adults younger than 50, and 1 in 4 adults over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime.

The BEFAST acronym can be used to detect stroke. B– Balance loss, E– Eye (vision) loss, F– Facial drooping, A– Arm/leg weakness, S– Speech difficulties and T– Time to call emergency services.


The newly elected Executives of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) were at the boardroom earlier for a courtesy visit on Management. It was also an opportunity to introduce the new Exco. Members of the new Exco are;

1. Iyalekhue-Eboigbe Esohe Helen    Chairman.
2. Omoruyi A. Eunice                           Vice Chairman.
3. Ogbuigwe I. Bridget                         Secretary.
4. Ibhasuemonjie Glory                       Auditor 1.
5. Ekiase Grace                                      Auditor 2
6. Usman Ann                                       Public Relations Officer
7. Imafidon Osariemen                       Treasurer.
8. Hilary Aibangbe                               Financial Secretary.

The CMD congratulated the new EXCO and reassured them that Management will continue to prioritize issues bordering on staff welfare.


Since 2010, October 27th has been set aside as the World Occupational Therapy Day. The intent is to increase the awareness of the unique contribution to health and well-being.
Occupational therapy (OT) is an allied health profession that involves the therapeutic use of everyday activities, to treat the physical, mental, developmental, and emotional ailments that impact an individual’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks.

“Occupations” are what people want to, need to, or are expected to do either as individuals, groups or a community which are affected in many disabling conditions.

An Occupational Therapist is a practitioner who uses therapeutic techniques to improve, rehabilitate, or maintain a patient’s ability to perform everyday activities. This implies that occupational therapists are responsible for helping patients develop, recover, improve from injury as well as maintain the skills needed to execute daily activities.
Areas of practice in O.T include but not limited to, Geriatrics, Mental health, Paediatrics, Physical rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation, splinting and assistive devices, environmental modification, low vision, and school systems.

In resonance with the theme for this year “Opportunity + Choice = Justice, the Occupational therapy community in University of Benin Teaching Hospital once again reiterate its committed to creating opportunities through its services that inform the choices people make in their daily life activities irrespective of their living condition thereby fostering occupational justice which is a form of social justice.

More importantly, it seeks to remind the public that UBTH provides specialized training through the School of Occupational Therapy that equips graduates with opportunities to impact their world.

It is believed that as the whole world celebrates this noble profession today, the general public will be better empowered to create a more inclusive society with equitable opportunities especially for individuals living with disabilities.

Happy World Occupational Therapy Day.

Long live the Occupational Therapy Profession.!!


Stuttering is one of the types of fluency disorders characterized by involuntary hesitations and rapid repetitions of speech elements. It is a disorders of communication rather than of speech, always involve a disturbance in interpersonal relationship.

Stuttering can occur in both children and adulthood. The most common type of stuttering is Developmental stuttering. This is mostly noticeable in children of age range 3 years – 8 years. Next is Neurogenic stuttering, this has to do with problem with the brain, for example, brain injury, stroke, head trauma, etc. The last is psychogenic stuttering. This has to do with fear in the mind or emotions.

In discussing cause(s) of stuttering, we should be careful to note that, unlike other forms of disabilities, there is no single cause of stuttering. Just like effort to discover the source of a river will prove difficult, so is the cause or origin of stuttering. That is, too many streams flow into the river, different effort at different times will give different result. Whichever result we get, there is surely going to be a conclusion – existence of a speech disorder. Therefore in no particular order, we will talk about causes of stuttering with hereditary on top of the list. That is, if it runs in the affected persons family. Second is developmental delay. Also, there is learned behavior which is done by imitating peers.


Just as the oldest trees in a forest were the ones that were strong in the face of shifting weather patterns and times, so too have older Nigerians grown more..


This is to bring to the notice of suitably qualified candidates that admission into the College of Nursing, University of Benin Teaching Hospital for the 2022/2023 Academic Session is ongoing.


  1. Candidate must have scored a minimum of 180 in the 2022 JAMB
  2. Candidate must possess 5 credit O’level pass at WAEC and NECO in not more than two sittings in Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  3. Candidates should be 17 years and above.


The World Sexual Health Day is observed on September 4th of every year. It is an initiative designed by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) to raise awareness and promote healthy sexual practices.

According to Dr (Mrs.) V.O. Abah. Consultant Family Physician and Coordinator Adolescent and Youth Health Clinic, Department of Family Medicine. University of Benin Teaching Hospital; “Sexual Health which is in line with the sexual reproductive health refers to the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being of an individual as related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity”.

Sexuality in itself refers to all things in terms of an individual’s own concept of his or her self in relation to the gender or genders which they are typically attracted to. This recounts to the intimacy and psychological state of being able to interact with any other human being as regards to intimacy.


Mr. Samuel D. Akoh, Chief Horticulture Officer is the Head of the Horticulture Unit in the hospital. The University of Benin Teaching Hospital is renowned not only for excellence in medical care but also for its beautiful landscape and ambience that compliments the quality care rendered to patients.

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