i. Consultation, evaluation, management
ii. Referrals as indicated
iii. Comprehensive Routine Medical Screening.
iv. Primary and Secondary Care Services in Comprehensive Health Centre. Udo.
v. Counseling as a major Component of management.
vi. Emergency Services- acutely ill patients needing resuscitation/stabilization before referral.
vii. Contact Tracing/Home Visits.
viii. Domiciliary Care (limited)
Working Days & Hours:
Monday to Friday (8am to 6pm)
Brief History of the Department of Family Medicine
The General practice Clinic (or General Out-Patient Department) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital which was a precursor of the department of family medicine, was established in 1973, under the headship of Dr. J.A.Ehanire. It was strictly a service providing general out-patient primary care unit. There was no Residency program in place, and so no Teaching or Research was done. The cases that presented were evaluated (Clerked, examined and assessed), with the majority referred to the Consultant Out-Patient Clinics of UBTH, or to Accident and Emergency Unit for further evaluation and probable admission. A few were treated and allowed home (from the GOPD).
The patient turn-out continued to increase over the years.
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 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.