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University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has commenced testing for COVID-19 following the validation of its Testing Centre by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The validation was yesterday announced by NCDC and echoed by the Edo State Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia.

This achievement was made possible by the collaboration between UBTH and the Centre for Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation ( CERHI), University of Benin. The collaboration, initiated by the UBTH Chief Medical Director, Prof Darlington Obaseki, provided access to the use of the centre’s Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine for COVID-19 testing.

With this new development, testing for COVID-19 for UBTH patients has become more efficient as travelling cost and time in handling test specimens have now been eliminated. This achievement adds traction to the fight against COVID-19 in Edo State.

His Excellency, the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki had paid a visit to the UBTH Isolation Centre penultimate Thursday where he was also taken on a guided tour of UBTH Testing Centre among other facilities.

The Governor on that visit had stated that he was impressed with the Management of the Hospital especially the collaboration with the State Government in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CMD of UBTH promised to continue to provide quality healthcare to all its patients and clients.

Joshua Uwaila, Esq
Head, Public Relations Unit.

UBTH in partnership with Peoplecare announces the commencement of UBTH Virtual Clinic. This clinic allows you to consult our doctors online from the comfort of your home using your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

This service is for everyone. Anytime. Anywhere. We are empowering the community by providing access to quality healthcare, which includes an infectious disease clinic for safe and stress-free coronavirus enquiry and consultation.

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The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has discharged its first COVID-19 patient from its Isolation Centre. The 43-year-old patient was admitted on 3rd April, 2020 after he tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2.

Dr Benson Okwara, Head Rapid Response Team COVID-19 in UBTH said, “the patient’s first negative test following resolution of symptoms was on 10th April, 2020, while a follow-up test on 14th April, 2020 also returned a negative result, thus qualifying him for discharge”.

He then encouraged members of the public who have symptoms of COVID-19 (such as cough, fever and shortness of breath) to get tested and, if positive, receive prompt treatment at any of the isolation centres. Speaking further, Dr Okwara stated that a positive result is not death sentence.

The Management of the Hospital uses this opportunity to appeal to members of the public to give correct information to healthcare personnel when they come to the hospital to seek care. Information on travel history (travelling abroad) or contact with a confirmed case should be disclosed so that tests can be done for the safety and wellbeing of all. Misinformation or withholding information regarding an epidemic can make the epidemic spread further. Besides, doing so is against the law.

The Management further appeals to members of the public to partner with the Hospital in its efforts towards continued improvement in healthcare delivery.

The attention of Management of University of Benin Teaching Hospital has been drawn to a front page publication in Vanguard 9 April, 2020 which was titled “COVID-19: Panic at UBTH over blunders on tests”.

We wish to state that the news item was unduly sensational and inaccurate though we would not publicly discuss information about our patients.

The Management of University of Benin Teaching Hospital states emphatically that, there is no panic in UBTH and members of the public are encouraged to disregard any information to the contrary. Our staff especially the Rapid Response Team have been properly trained, adequately equipped with the necessary PPE(s) and are motivated to help any person who may become infected with this disease.

Services are being rendered in a calm atmosphere by our committed staff in harmony with allied institutions and the general public.

We reassure the public of continued commitment to patient care, even in the present times.

This supersedes our earlier press release dated 9 April, 2020

Thank you.

Joshua Uwaila, Esq
Head, Public Relations Officer.

There has been a recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. According to latest situation report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as at 19th January 2020, a total of 163 confirmed cases and 24 deaths has been recorded across 8 States of Nigeria in 2020. The affected states include Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi,Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Ogun and Abia.

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) caused by the Lassa virus. The natural reservoir for the virus is the Mastomys natalensis rodent (commonly known as the multimammate rat). Other rodents have also been identified who carry the virus.

Lassa fever remains a major public health challenge in West Africa with Nigeria bearing the highest burden. It occurs throughout the year but more cases are recorded during the dry season i.e. November through May.

Lassa fever is spread through:
  1. Direct contact with urine, faces, saliva or blood of infected rats.
  1. Contact with objects, household items and surfaces or eating food, contaminated with urine, faeces, saliva or blood of infected rats.
  1. Person to person transmission by contact with blood, urine, faeces, vomitus, and other body fluids of an infected person.
The signs and symptoms as well as prevention are represented in the graphic illustration sourced from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

The wife of the Governor of Edo State, Her Excellency Mrs Betsy Obaseki visited the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City on new year day, 01/01/2019 to identify, felicitate and share the joy of the new year with the ‘ new year baby’.

The first baby in the hospital for the 2019 was a baby girl born at 1:30 am and weighed 3.2kg at birth.

The first lady presented gifts to the mother of the baby who hinted that the baby may be named ‘Godspeed’. Management of the hospital also provided gifts for the lucky mom.

At the end of the visit, Mrs Obaseki commended the Hospital Management for the excellent care given to the mothers and their babies. She also commended Management on the benevolence displayed towards indigent patients in the hospital.


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the entrance examination  for admission into the above School of Nursing in March 2019 for Eighteen  (18) months (Post Registration) Nursing Programme leading  to the award of Registered Nurse Certificate (RN).



  1. Candidates must not be less than 18 years old.
  2. Must possess the following: WAEC/GCE (O/Level)/SSCE/NECO with five (5) credits in not more than two (2) sittings in the following subjects,  English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
  3. Candidate must also possess Registered Midwifery Certificate (RM) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse Certificate (RPN)



Application forms should state age, state of origin, local government area, school(s) attended with qualifications obtained and addressed to the Principal.



Application forms are obtainable from the office of the Principal with a non-refundable fee of N10,000.00 (ten thousand Naira) only. This should be made payable to  ANY UBTH  REVENUE OR UBTH TREASURY SINGLE ACCOUNT (TSA) VIA THE REMITA PLATFORM IN ANY COMMERCIAL BANK  UNDER THE SERVICE TYPE “TRAINING SCHOOL- SCHOOL OF NURSING


A separate payment of N200 to Nursing and Midwifery Council Committee Edo State Account No. 2004854377 First Bank of Nigeria Plc Benin City.


Candidates are to submit four (4) recent coloured passport photographs (taken in proceeding two weeks) while returning the completed application forms,






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Prof. Darlington Ewaen Obaseki was appointed as the substantive Chief Medical Director of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital by the Federal Government.

In a letter signed by the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the appointment which is for an initial term of four years took effect on 17th August, 2017.

Prof. Obaseki, a Consultant Pathologist, was born in 1968. He attended Asoro Grammar School and the University of Benin, both in Benin City where he bagged his M.B.BS. He is a fellow of the West African College of pathologists. Prior to his appointment as Chief Medical Director, he has held various positions including Head, Department of Morbid Anatomy, Coordinator, University of Benin Cancer Registry, Assistant Secretary, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, UBTH, Director, Cancer Registry, UBTH, Special Adviser on sports, School of Medicine, University of Benin, Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee and Ag. Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee.

Prof. Obaseki has numerous academic publications both in local and international journals, members of learned societies including Nigeria Medical Medicine Association, Medical, and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, Society of Gastroenterology and pathology of Nigeria West Africa Division of the International Association of Pathologist as society of cancer research of Nigeria. He was, until his appointment, the Ag. Chief Medical Director of the hospital.

A sports enthusiast especially football which he plays for Nigeria Medical Association All-Stars football Club UBTH, to date.

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