The University of Benin Teaching Hospital was taken over by the Federal Government on 1 April, 1975 as the fifth teaching hospital coming after Ibadan teaching hospital and Lagos Teaching Hospital. The institution has been decisively responding to challenges as they arise, to the extent that the UBTH could boastfully say that it has effectively discharged its Mandate.
With an initial bed capacity of 360 when it was officially opened on 12 May 1973, the UBTH today boast of a bed capacity of 860 as at August 2017 and still increasing with a multiplicity of departments offering a wide range of services all of which combined to make the institution a Centre of Excellence as its stands today.
For over forty years now, the Tertiary referral hospital, widely acknowledged as a Centre of Excellence, has remarkably and effectively served as the last port of call for expert management of diverse and varied disease conditions in Edo, Delta, part of kogi and Ondo state which largely form its catchment area and sometimes further away.
Besides the enviable achievements of its main traditional clinical departments, there has also been a remarkable development of its sub – specialties. Mention must be made of eminent doctors, scholars and managers who have played one role or the other as helmsmen of the veritable health institution.
Today, the UBTH could boast of a Dialysis Centre, CTScanning Service, a fully integrated Accident centre and a fully functional Oxygen production plant to effectively meet the need of the hospital amongst so numerous innovation. In areas of training and research, The UBTH has not lacked behind either. After 35 years of remarkable health care services, the UBTH must not rest on its laurels.