UBTH Blog & News

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Over the past week, the management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital through members of its Infection Prevention and Control Committee, embarked on the training of domestic staff on hand hygiene and waste management. This annual training is part of the Continuous Medical Education for Health Care Workers, to improve infection prevention and control practices in the facility and establish a culture of providing quality care at all times, especially with the 3rd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing.

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The concerted effort of the Chief Medical Director, Prof D.E. Obaseki and Management to make UBTH a centre of excellence in Oncology care has yielded fruit as the new Ultramodern Brachytherapy suite has become functional.

This is sequel to the installation of the Cobalt 60 high dose rate Brachytherapy machine and successful training of personnel to man the Unit.

UBTH is now only the 2nd hospital (Public or Private) in Nigeria to offer Brachytherapy services using the Cobalt 60 high dose rate machine for the treatment of gynecological malignancies such as Cervix, Endometrial and Vagina Cancers.

By this feat, UBTH now occupies a pride of place in Nigeria Oncology space.

Congratulations to Radiation and Clinical Oncology Department!

Congratulations UBTH!!

(C) Public Relations Unit




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Theme: Hepatitis can’t wait. Every 28th day of July, World Hepatitis Day is celebrated. The essence is to raise awareness of viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver caused by hepatotropic viruses. This disease can progress to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular cancer. This year’s theme which is hepatitis can’t wait is apt with one person dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis related illness. Even in the current covid-19 crisis, we can’t wait to act on viral hepatitis. This is a clarion call to all for a concerted effort to achieve the WHO goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. Government, international organizations, training institutions, private sector, communities and people living with hepatitis, we must all work together to achieve this goal. All viruses that cause systemic disease may cause hepatitis e.g. yellow fever virus, Epstein bar virus, Cytomegalovirus and Adenovirus. Viral hepatitis, however, primarily refers to hepatitis caused by hepatotropic viruses i.e. viruses which have affinity for the liver. The five clinically important ones are labeled A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis A virus and hepatitis E virus cause acute infections and resolve within 6 months as they are self-limiting. Transmission is mainly from contaminated water and food. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) have been found to be the most important causes of chronic liver diseases. Chronic refers to the ability of the virus to persist beyond 6 months in the body and this poses a lifelong threat of liver cirrhosis, leading to liver failure, hepatocellular cancer (HCC) and death. Hepatitis D virus is an incomplete virus and thrives only with hepatitis B as super infection or co-infection.

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The appointment of Prof. Darlington E. Obaseki, for a second term as Chief Medical Director of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin city, has been ratified by President Muhammadu Buhari.

News of his reappointment was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the Hospital’s Head of Public Relations Unit, Barr. Joshua Uwaila esq.

“The CMD received the letter of appointment for his second term from the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja on Monday.

“Congratulating him, the Minister described the renewal of his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, as an attestation that he has performed well during his first tenure.

“Dr. Ehanire urged him not to rest on his oars and work harder to exceed his achievements,” the statement said.

Prof. Darlington E. Obaseki was first appointed as Chief Medical Director, on 17th August, 2017.

Barr. Uwaila in his statement noted that the CMD has since embarked on a massive transformation of the Hospital’s infrastructure and services.


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Prof. Darlington E. Obaseki

Thank You

Dear colleagues,

Almost four years ago, I took on the mantle of leadership of this great and historic hospital.

At that time, I had no doubts about what needed to be done, having previously served as DCMAC in this hospital for two and a half years.

I was acutely aware of the challenges and we had a plan – a plan that was rooted first in engendering staff satisfaction, industrial harmony and interprofessional synergy.

We have achieved much in those regards, as well as in transforming our infrastructure and improving the quality of our services.

We are keenly aware that these could not have happened without the support and prayers of our doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists, rehabilitation therapists, administrators, accountants, health assistants, security staff, cleaners… the UBTH Team .
I sincerely thank everyone of you!

I pledge to continue to lead with passion, compassion and inclusiveness, and to always put staff welfare and motivation on the front burner.

I trust that you will continue to support us as we lead, working with us to make UBTH greater and greater still.

Thank you!




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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the two (2) years National Diploma (ND) and two (2) years Higher National Diploma (HND) of the School of Health Information Management in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
National Diploma Programme (ND)

  1. Prospective candidates must possess minimum of five (5) credit passes at not more than two sittings at WAEC, NECO OR NABTEB in the following areas: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and any other subject from: Physics, Geography, Economics and Government.
  2. Candidates must have met the 2021 JAMB/UTME National cut-off for public Polytechnics & Mono-technics.

Higher National Diploma Programme (HND)

  1. Candidates must possess the National Diploma (ND) certificates in Health Information Management in addition to meeting the requirements stipulated in A (i) above.
  2. Technician certificates in Health Information Management from Schools and Colleges of Health Technology may be considered for admission if such schools have been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria (HRORBN) and must meet the requirements stated in A (i) above.
  • Candidates must possess certificates or letter of one year Industrial Training (I.T) from a recognized public Health facility.

Method of Application

  1. Candidates for National Diploma are to pay a screening fee of Two Thousand Naira (N2,000) only. Candidates who have not chosen the School previously can go ahead to effect change of institution and course as the case may be after the stipulated screening fees has been paid.
  2. Candidate for Higher National Diploma are to pay a non-refundable fee of Six Thousand Naira (N6,000) only. All payments should be made into UBTH revenue through the UBTH pay points.

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for Admission into the Basic School of Midwifery, UBTH Benin City for the September 2021 session.

DURATION OF COURSE- THREE (3) YEARS
Entry Qualification:

  • Applicant must not be less than 18 years or above 34 years of age
  • Applicant must possess five (5) credits O’level in not more than two sittings in WAEC, NECO or NABTEB which must include, English language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

METHOD OF APPLICATION
Application forms are obtainable from the office of the Principal/Head, School of Midwifery on presentation of evidence of payment of:

  • A non –refundable fee of Ten Thousand, Five hundred Naira(N10,500) only, payable to UBTH Account with TSA under the service type: Training School of Midwifery using REMITA platform in any bank in Nigeria.
  • Payment of Two Hundred (200) Naira into Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria State Committee account – First Bank 2004854377


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This World Sickle Cell Day (observed every year on June 19), aims to raise awareness of sickle cell disorders.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited group of disorders where the red blood cells become deformed, forming the typical sickle shape. This comes with its attendant acute and chronic complications affecting a good number of organs in the body.

Nigeria has one of the highest burden of the disease in the world. Increasing its awareness is crucial because it is one disease that can be prevented if the relevant screening (determination of genotype ) is done.

Intending couples who hope to have kids should make it a point of duty to check their genotype to prevent having offspring’s who would have to endure the pain and suffering that comes with this disease.

Candid Recommendations

  • Adequate water intake ( 3 to 4 liters daily) for individuals who are already sufferers of the disease
  • Avoid precipitants of sickle cell crisis i.e (extremes of weather or strenuous activities)
  • Regular visit to the clinic to see an Haematologist is advised.
  • Ensuring he/she takes the prescribed medications (as directed by a physician) religiously.

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