Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano Nigeria

Zaria Road, P.M.B 3452 Kano GSM: 0706 8297399, 0706 8297396 (Selfless Service to Humanity)


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Aims and Objectives of the Department

HOD Community Medicine

  1. To equip medical students with knowledge and skills to be able to plan, organize and evaluate appropriate health programmes (promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative). This is carried out in collaboration with other members of the health team in order to reduce significantly, morbidity and mortality in the community and also to improve the quality of life generally.
  2. To train Resident Doctors so as to become specialists in the field of Public Health
  3. To provide out-reach services in health centers in both urban and rural areas
  4. To collaborate with other clinical departments of the hospital for the purpose of providing medico-social services for the prevention and control of diseases, and to provide social support to the patients
  5. To provide leadership in conducting research, data analyses, interpretation and dissemination of information on the hospital’s admissions & mortalities, with a view to improving the quality of services offered in the hospital.
  6. To collaborate with Governmental and non-governmental agencies in the identification and provision of solutions to health problems
  7. To offer post graduate training in public health to doctors in different clinical and non-clinical specialties.

Departmental Functions:

  1. Identification and offering solutions to health problems in communities and groups of people
  2. Provision of health care services in the hospital’s Comprehensive Health center in Kumbotso, Sharada PHC, ART, DOTS and Immunization & Child welfare clinics.
  3. To evaluate health services and health programmes within and outside the hospital as well. Analyses and presentation of trends in hospital mortality and conduct of periodic patient satisfaction surveys                           
  4. Provision of medico-social services such as contact tracing, baby tracking, school health programmes, health education and ensuring adherence to chemotherapy in the management of diseases of public health importance.
  5. Provision of routine and mass immunization services in the hospital as well as the community when the need arises.
  6. Conduct of disease surveillance in the teaching hospital and community   

Staff Disposition:

    The department has the following medical staff: -

1.       Eight consultants

2.       Eighteen residents

3.       One secretary (BUK staff)

4.       One Admin. Officer for the CHO training school

5.       Three Community Health Tutors

6.       One Community Health Officers is currently in the PHC tutor training programme.

7.       Four  Community Health Extension Workers

8.       One Junior Community Health Extension Worker

9.       One Principal Statistical Officer

10.   One Nutrition officer (on secondment from Nutrition & Dietetics dept., now completed CHEW training)

11.   Seven Cleaners, 5 of whom are in Kumbotso CHC

12.   Five Hospital Attendants in Kumbotso Comprehensive Health Centre

13.   Eight Nursing staff deployed from Nursing department, one of whom is a BUK staff

14.   One messenger from the University

15.   One Admin. Officer in Kumbotso CHC

16.   One accounts staff in Kumbotso CHC

17.   Three Pharmacy technicians in Kumbotso CHC

18.   Three Health records staff in Kumbotso CHC

19.   Three Laboratory technicians in Kumbotso CHC

Teaching Facilities:

The department has a small reference library, a statistical computing unit, a public health laboratory and a museum, a number of IEC materials, including LCD projector, television set, video player, cassette recorders, deep freezer, 2 functional generators,  and 2 photocopying machine supplied by the University.  The department is fully connected with internet to enable staff access the web for improved research & academic performance. There is a class with a capacity of 30 seats in Kumbotso Comprehensive Health Centre. A 40 seater seminar room located at Mohammed Kabir building.

Level of Performance/Achievement:

The departmental staff strength increased with the employment and posting of a number of personnel that included registrars: two supernumerary residents: Drs Usman Iliyasu in May, Garba Danjuma  in June and one regular resident Dr Ibrahim Halliru Gwarzo in December 2012.  The University also appointed Professor Muktar Aliyu of the Vanderbilt University, USA as a visiting Professor to the department. Hashim Abdu was transferred to the Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health of the department as Principal Statistical Officer.


  1.  Kumbotso Comprehensive Health Center and Sharada PHC continue to offer integrated and essential care to patients in the local and surrounding communities. In addition, Kumbotso CHC offers ART and DOTS, family planning, immunization, health outreaches and home based care.
  2. The department continues to offer daily immunization services at the Family Health Clinic and anti-tuberculosis’ Directly Observed Therapy Shortcourse at the PEPFAR/ DOTS clinic.
  3. The Monitoring & Evaluation unit has continued to provide services to the IHVN/AKTH PEPFAR ACTION project.
  4. The Medical Research Consultancy Unit of the department provided research & statistical consultancy for resident doctors,  PhD and Masters Students.

Some notable achievements within the year include;

  • The department was given a 5 year full accreditation status by the National Postgraduate Medical College to train residents for the FMCPH fellowship programme.
  • The BUK Masters in Public Health Programme was advertised in November 2012 and lectures would commence in 2013.
  • The department witnessed the promotion of Dr Isa Sadeeq Abubakar to Professor of Public Health by Bayero University, Kano.
  • Bayero University Kano appointed Dr Abubakar Mohammed Jibo as the CBME coordinator and the Representative to University on the Research Committee in March.
  • Bayero University Kano appointed Drs Usman Bashir, Aishatu .L. Adamu and Musa Mohammed Bello as Lecturers II and Dr Muktar Gadanya as Lecturer I/Consultant in the department. 
  • Examination successes recorded by residents of the department. Ten residents ( Drs Amina Abdullahi Umar, Nafisa Nass Sani, Hadiza Musa Abdullahi, Medinat Omobola Osinubi, Rayyan  Muhammad Garba, Abba Shehu, Sufyan Jibrin, Mahmoud Maaruf, Halima Mujinyawa, Amina Wali) were successful at the Part I examination of the West African College of Physicians and two (Drs Amole Taiwo and Abubakar Alhassan ) were successful at the Part II examination of the same college. Dr. Zubairu Iliyasu also passed the part II examination of the National Postgraduate Medical College in Public Health (FMCPH).
  • Dr Muktar Gadanya was awarded the J.D. Soleye prize for the best candidate in Part II FMCPH with best dissertation and Adetokunbo Lucas prize for the overall best candidate in the part II FMCPH during the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria’s convocation ceremony in September 2012.
  • Dr Nafisa Sani Nass was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship to study Master of Science in Public Health (Environmental Health Stream) in September and has proceeded  for her study.
  • Dr Muhammad Lawan Umar was appointed an examiner of the West African College of Physicians’ Fellowship Examination in October 2012.

Staff Development/Training/Seminar/Conferences:

  • Professor I.S. Abubakar attended the Eco Health Conference supported by the Canadian International Development Agency at University D’Abomey Calavi Cotonou, Benin Republic in February 2012.
  • Drs Auwal Umar Gajida and Amole Taiwo Gboluwaga attended the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association of Public Health Physicians in Calabar, March 2012.
  • Drs UM Lawan and Abubakar Sanusi attended the Geneva Health Forum in Geneva, Switzerland 18th- 21st April 2012 and presented papers titled Hospital Costs and Utilization Pattern for Paediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease Attending a Tertiary Health Institution: Northern Nigeria and Anti-Retroviral Therapy and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission: Primary Healthcare Services in Rural North Nigeria.
  • Umar Muhammad Lawan, Aishatu Lawal Adamu, Sanusi Abubakar and Abdullahi Y Asuku presented a paper titled ‘Determinants of Urban-Rural Inequity in Routine Childhood Immunization (RI) Uptake in Kano, North-Western Nigeria’ at International African Vaccinology Conference 2012, Cape Town, South Africa. 8th – 11th November 2012.
  • Drs Abubakar Sanusi and Aishatu L Adamu presented  paper titled Knowledge and Practice of Injection Safety amongst Primary Health Care Workers in Kano, North Nigeria at the 1st International African Vaccinology Conference which took place between Friday November 9, 2012 - Sunday November 11, 2012 at Cape town, South Africa.
  • Dr Usman Bashir attended a 2 weeks clinical trial training organised by University of Maryland and Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria in July 2012.
  • Professor I.S. Abubakar attended the Proposal writing workshop organised by IHVN and supported by John Hopkins University in Abuja, April 2012.
  • Professor I.S. Abubakar attended the Doctors as Educators training workshop jointly organised by WACP and Royal College of Physicians at University of Ibadan in October.
  • Drs Aishatu .L. Adamu and Sanusi Abubakar attended the 1st International African Vaccinology Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2012.
  • Drs Gajida AU and Amole TG attended the West African College of Physicians’ Annual General and Scientific Conference in Accra, Ghana in November, 2012.  
  • Drs Amina Umar Abdullahi, Shehu Abba Bala and Sufyan Jibrin are presently on a Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (Organised by CDC, FMOH, FMOAgric and Rural Development). 
  • Dr Rabiu Ahmed Rufai completed a one year Master of Public health training at the University of Leeds.
  • Dr Usman Bashir was appointed Servicom Service Improvement Officer of the hospital.

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