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Although the Department of Paediatrics was formally created in 1962, paediatrics as a specialty had always existed in the UCH. However, this was as a unit within the Department of Medicine.  With the appointment of the first professor of paediatrics in 1963, teaching and examination in paediatrics for medical students was done independently, and not as a part of medicine.



As the first academic Department of Paediatrics in Nigeria (and West Africa), the teaching of facts, skills and attitudes essential for the effective care of children has always been done at all levels, postgraduate as well as undergraduate.  However, emphasis was on undergraduate training initially.  This was done with Social Paediatrics as the hub around which the wheel of all these activities turned.


This began as a Children’s Emergency Room in the Medical Outpatients Department (MOP) which closed at 6.00pm at which time children who were too ill to go home were transferred to the Casualty Department together with the adults.  The Department of Paediatrics took over all of the old Casualty Department, with a generous donation from a Nigerian philanthropist, Otunba Subomi Balogun, the unit was re-designated the Otunba Tunwase Children’s Emergency Ward in his honour.


Currently, the department presents candidates for the National Postgraduate Medical College Examinations in Paediatrics as well as the West African Postgraduate Medical Examination of which Ibadan is the regional headquarter.  The Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme in Paediatrics was inaugurated in 1973 and to date has been awarded to eight deserving teachers/clinicians/ researchers. 


A Paediatric Research Laboratory was established where bilirubin estimation on samples obtained within and outside the hospital  was carried out.  This laboratory set the pace in research into neonatal jaundice, malaria and sickle cell disease in children.  Our cytogenetic facility was for many years, the only one of its kind in Nigeria. Research funds have come from the WHO and UNICEF, as well as some from the Senate of the University of Ibadan. Senior Registrars working for the Postgraduate Professional Part II (Final) examination sometimes receive small grants from the UCH, in addition to some funds from their own pockets, particularly in undertaking studies which are not completely covered by the research facilities of their supervising consultants.






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