The Department provides clinical (curative and preventive) services to children attending this hospital. It also trains students at undergraduate and postgraduate (Residency) levels. The department has accreditation by both National Postgraduate Medical college of Nigeria and the West African Postgraduate Medical College. It also partakes in research. DR MAHMUD GAMBO JAHUN is the new H.O.D Paediatrics.
Units and Functions of the Department:
The Department of Paediatrics has five units through which it provides its services:
- Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU) This is the port of entry of children with emergency conditions. It opens 24 hours every day. There are 23 beds in EPU which are almost always fully occupied by patients. Sometimes patients have to be admitted on the examination couches due to lack of bed space. A team of doctors comprising House Officers, Registrars, Senior Registrars and Supervising Consultants run this unit together with a full complement of nurses and other supporting staff. There is a dedicated Pharmacy serving EPU.
- The Paediatric Ward has 38 beds including 9 that are reserved for oncology patients. Patents are moved from EPU to Paediatric Ward after resuscitation and stabilization. Some patients with non-emergency conditions are admitted directly to the ward.
- Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) provides specialized care for newborn babies up to the age of 28 days. It has inborn and outborn sections. Babies are referred to this unit from various hospitals in the catchment area.
- Paediatric Out-patient Clinic is run by a team of Medical Officers and Paediatric Resident doctors under the supervision of a Consultant Paediatrician. It provides ambulatory care to sick children who do not require hospitalization. The clinic runs two shifts: morning (8:00 am to 2:00 pm) and afternoon (2:00 pm to 9:00 pm).
- Paediatric Specialty Clinics are run from Monday to Fridays every week. Each subspecialty in the department has its clinic slot.
Specialty Clinic Days:
TEAMS SUB-SPECIALTY CLINIC DAY
A. Neurology and Endocrinology Thursday
B. Haematology- Oncology Tuesday
C. Cardiology and Pulmonology Wednesday
D. Nutrition/Gastro-enterology and Nephrology Wednesday
E. Infectious Diseases Monday and Friday
F. SCBU Neonatology Tuesday
The Department of Paediatrics has 13 Consultants and 35 Resident Doctors (19 Senior Registrars and 16 Registrars). The details are shown on the table below:
Level of Performance/Achievements:
The department was re-accredited in 2012 by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and given a 5-year full accreditation.
- Three consultants were promoted in 2012: Dr Belomwu, R. O. was promoted to Associate Professor while Dr. Gwarzo, G. D. and Dr Farouk, Z. L. were promoted to Senior lecturers.
- Dr Halliru, L. and Dr Bilkisu G. Ilah successfully completed their residency training in 2012.
- Six out of 8 Resident Doctors who sat for Part I examination of Postgraduate Medical Colleges were successful.
- Three new Honorary Consultants (Dr Patience Obiagwu, Dr. Abdulsalam Mohammed, and Dr. Umar Isa) were appointed following their appointments as Lecturers by Bayero University.
- A senior consultant Paediatrician, Dr Umar, B. A. was employed on contract basis in 2012.
- A new subspecialty of Paediatric Endocrinology was established with Dr Umar, I. U. as the supervising consultant.
The department conducted community outreach programmes in collaboration with various Radio Stations in Kano State. The main focus of this was preventive Paediatrics.
The following are the future plans for the department:
- Upgrading of neonatal services to Neonatal Intensive Care. It will serve as a regional NICU. This can be achieved with further training of staff in that field and the completion and equipping of the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
- Expansion of the Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU) to create a section of High Dependency which will cater for the very critically ill children.
- Consolidation and upgrading the Oncology Unit to cope with the ever increasing number of children coming with malignancies. The unit can serve the whole North-West Region. This can be achieved by further training and provision of more facilities.