In 1980, the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria established its youngest Faculty, namely, Faculty of General Medical Practice. The College then awarded the then Head of Department (Dr. J.A.Ehanire) an honorary fellowship of General Medical Practice by virtue of his long years of service and experience in General Practice. The department was also accredited in 1987 to train Residents in General Practice. This was the trend in the country then, with General Out-Patient Departments with experienced general practitioners (usually chief medical officers), being awarded the fellowship of General practice and given accreditation to start a Residency Program in General Medical Practice.
Dr. J.A. Ehanire retired from service in July 1992, and Dr. M.A. Momodu became the Acting Head of Department. The Residency Program did not make much progress during this period probably because he was not similarly awarded an honorary fellowship of the faculty of General Practice.
On 16th April 1997, Dr. D.D. Uyagu, a fellow by examination was appointed into the Department and in October same year was appointed Head of Department.
The Residency Program then received a boost and academic activities have since been better established.
In about the year 2000, the National Postgraduate Medical College effected a change of name from General Medical Practice to Family Medicine, in accordance with the global trend, and to capture the family-oriented care that had gained prominence in the young evolving specialty. Currently, there are three consultants (Fellows by examination): Drs. D.D. Uyagu, V.O. Abah and O. Enabulele, Eight Senior Registrars and Twelve Registrars. There are also six fellows by examination trained in the department, who are working in other Hospitals outside UBTH.
Dr. D.D Uyagu
Dr. V.O Abah
8 Senior Registrars
The department is open between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and also 9am to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, on call basis.
This implies two shifts which became necessary because of the large turn-out of patients.
We currently see an average of 500 patients per day.