The Department of Paediatrics, FMC, Asaba, formally came into existence with the establishment of the FMC in 1998. The inaugural HOD was Dr Leo Erhunmwunsee, being the only Paediatrician in the hospital.
Since then, the
department has grown tremendously both in physical structures and in functional
capacity with these functional Units: Children’s Out-Patient Clinic, Children’s
Ward 1 – 20 Bedded, Children’s Ward 2 – 20 Bedded, Children’s Emergency Room
(CHER) – 10 Beds and 4 Couches, Neonatal Ward (Inborn and Outborn) – 26 Bedded
and a total of 10 full-time and 2 part-time consultants manning the 9
subspecialty units, with 17 senior and 9 junior resident doctors rotating
within those units regularly.
The department is also an acclaimed centre of excellence as far as Residency Training programme is concerned, having produced 10 Paediatrics Fellows of both West African and National colleges.
Other activities include:
o New-born Screening (Hospital based/ Community based)
o Community Outreaches
o Various Researches at different levels of implementation
o Yearly activities to mark World Breastfeeding Week, Kidney Day, Pneumonia day, Prematurity day etc.
PRESENT HEAD OF DEPARTMENT – Dr EZEONWU BERTILLA UZOMA (2020 till date)
PAST HODs –
· Dr Leo Erhunmwunsee (1998 - 2007)
· Dr Kayode Adeniran (2007 - 2013)
· Dr Uche Chimah (2013 - 2016)
· Dr Clifford Okike (2016 - 2018)
· Dr Hyginus I. O. Opara (2018-2020)