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UBTH-Rapid Response Team (RRT) on COVID -19

The current COVID-19 pandemic which is now in Nigeria is steadily on the rise. To combat this spread and enable us quickly mobilize trained human resources, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital management as part of her already outlined efforts to address the challenge organised a training for the Rapid Response Team (RRT) on COVID-19 on Tuesday 24th March, 2020 at Oba Akenzua Hall.
In attendance at this training was the CMAC, Prof Omuemu, DCMACS, Profs Akoria and Adeleye, DDNS Asamah, Prof (Mrs) Sadoh, Dr Nwaneri (Director Institure of Child Health) and Dr Eki Udoko.

A total of 20 doctors, 17 nurses, 33 Paramedics, and one Lab scientist and environmental health officer each; drafted from various departments in the hospital were trained as part of the hospitals preparedness response.

Facilitators included Prof Akoria, Prof Adeleye, Dr Okwara, Dr Osaigbovo, Dr Obarisiagbon, Dr Ogboghodo and ADNS Uwugiaren.

The trainings covered:
– An overview of COVID-19
– Case identification of COVID-19
– Case Management of COVID-19
– Staff Risk Assessment
– Standard Precautions
– Practical demonstration session on donning and doffing PPE

Certificates were presented to participants at the end of the training.

International Training of Trainers in Geriatrics 2020

The 1st International Training of Trainers in Geriatrics which started on Monday 9th March has finally come to an end today Friday 13th March, 2020.

The international training programme aimed at equipping and updating various multi-disciplinary health professionals with the relevant knowledge and skills in providing quality care for older persons. The programme was attended by health professionals from different parts of the country as well as from the United States of America. Some retired staff of the Hospital were also in attendance.

The participants thanked Hospital Management for putting up such an impactful event, and they offered incisive feedbacks.

The Chief Medical Director, Professor Darlington Obaseki, who was the chief host thanked all participants for gracing the event. He also highlighted some reasons for organising such a programme. He stated that quality care for older persons is a priority for the Government and the Hospital. Professor Obaseki also appreciated the Hon. Minister of Health for graciously attending the opening ceremony and launching the Elder Friendly Hospital Initiative (ELDFRHI).

Professor Obaseki also used the opportunity to thank the sponsors of the programme, especially the Centre for Excellence in Reproductive Health Initiative (CERHI) for its unparalleled support of the programme. CERHI have also pledged support for the advancement of ELDFRHI.

An elated Professor Obaseki, commended the initiator of the programme, Professor Obehi Akoria, for her excellent performance both as a member of the Hospital Management team and for the excellently planned and executed training programme.

Declaring the International training programme closed, the CMD encouraged all participants to imbibe leadership attitude by using their time to train their staff to become abreast with the fundamental principles guiding their various work activities.

Finally, there was presentation of gifts to the International guest faculty Dr Matthew McNabney and his wife, both from the Johns Hopkins University in the USA who made sacrificial efforts to attend the programme. Certificates of completion of course was also issued to all participants of the programme.

The event closed with group photographs and exchange of pleasantries.

Presentation of gifts to the International guest faculty Dr Matthew McNabney and his wife

From left to right: Tayo Adelaja (Corporate Affairs Manager, West NBPlc, Chairman Medical Advisory Committee UBTH Prof.C. Omuemu, Corporate Affairs Director NBPlc Sade Morgan, CMD UBTH Prof D.E. Obaseki and Regional Business Manager, Benin NB PLC Mr. Kenneth Ediale.

The official Signing of MoU between Heineken African Foundation & University of Benin Teaching Hospital for the Neonatal Ward Renewal Project took place today the 11th March, 2020.

The Chief Medical Director, UBTH Prof D.E.Obaseki and Corporate Affairs Director, NB Plc Sade Morgan sign on behalf of their organizations respectively.

The University of Benin Teaching Hospital hosted the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

While in UBTH, the Minister addressed a Press Conference on Situation Report of COVID-19, Commissioned some projects, Launched the Elder Friendly Hospital Initiative at the opening ceremony of the International Training of Trainers in Geriatrics Workshop.

Press Conference With The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire @ The University of Benin Teaching Hospital Boardroom.

As part of the Honourable minister’s visit to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Monday 9th, March 2020, was the launching of the Elder Friendly Hospitals Initiative, meant to address the personal care and environmental needs of the older persons, ensuring that amenities in facilities are tailored to the peculiar needs of the older persons.

The launch also coincided with the ongoing International Training of Trainers in geriatrics at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in collaboration with National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) & Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI).

At the launch, The Chief Medical Director of UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki said the hospital is taking the lead in providing locally relevant and affordable training of international standard to multi-disciplinary professionals drawn from the three levels of the health sector (primary, secondary, tertiary) and that Geriatrics services in the hospital has impacted greatly on the health of older persons.



Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously seen in humans. It was first reported on the 31st of December, 2019 from Wuhan, China.


Scientists and public health officials are working hard to identify the source of the COVID-19. Coronaviruses can be transmitted between animals and people, or from person-to-person. For this novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the initial transmission is suspected to be from an animal source, however the specific animal is yet to be confirmed. Person-to-person transmission has occurred.

Till date, there is no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria, however it is important that people and the government are fully informed on necessary details.


People get infected by the virus when it is transmitted from animals to humans, or person-to-person usually after close contact with an infected patient, for example, in a household or healthcare setting. For this novel coronavirus (COVID-19), while most initial transmission appeared to be zoonotic, person-to-person transmission has been confirmed.

From Left Front Row: CP Efunsola Sowemimo, Mr M.O. Jimoh-Kadiri ( Director of Administration), Prof. Casimir Omuemu( CMAC), AIG W. Akhiwu, Prof. D. E. Obaseki ( CMD), Prof. Williams Odesanmi, Dr. John Obafunwa, Prof Stanley Okugbo( DCMAC Training & Monitoring) and ACP Nkechi Eze.

Courtesy Visit By Nigeria Police Medical Services

The CMD UBTH, Prof D.E. Obaseki and other members of Management with AIG Wilson Akhiwu and some Officers from Nigeria Police Medical Services (NPMS) who came to pay a courtesy visit.

The courtesy visit was to mark the commencement of the three days Forensic training workshop holding at UBTH from 24th – 26th February, 2020. The theme of the training is “Unlocking Police Investigations using Forensic Medical skills”.

The Primary Care (Outpatients) Services Committee, UBTH earlier today successfully organized a training on Triage for nurses in UBTH. This brings the total number of nurses trained on Triage so far to 113.

Pretest and post test was conducted.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Triage and training materials were also distributed.

This is another quality Improvement and a win for UBTH

Institute of Health Technology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Dispensing Optics 2018/2019 Graduating Set

The department of Dispensing Optics, Institute of Health Technology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City; today held her 7th Orientation/Certification Ceremony for the 2018/2019 Graduating Set of the Institute. The event had in attendance Management Staff of UBTH, the Registrar of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria; Prof. B. E. Uzodike, the National President of the Association of Nigeria Dispensing Opticians (ANDO), Mr. David Mallim, the State Chairman of ANDO; Mr. Gregory Iyamu amongst others.

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Department

In furtherance of containment of Lassa Fever, the Infection Control Committee of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital has remained relentless in her campaign awareness and sensitization of UBTH staff with regards to Lassa Fever, the latest being the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

The sensitization lecture was aimed at increasing the Medical practitioner’s suspicion index on Lassa Fever as well as provide a clear guidance on management of pregnant women with Lassa Fever.

Some of the guidelines given include ensuring routine screening for Lassa Fever in all febrile pregnant women, who have been unresponsive to anti-malaria drugs and antibiotic treatments; pregnant women with Lassa Fever must be transferred to a designated Lassa Fever treatment center where they will be cared for by a multidisciplinary team of Obstetricians, Virologists, Anaesthetists, Neonatologists etc to optimize clinical management… just to mention a few.

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