BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Paediatrics came into being in 1969 when the first set of graduate medical students of ABU moved from the Pre-clinical section at Ahmadu Bello University Main Campus to the Clinical and Laboratory departments located in the ABU Teaching Hospital Tudun Wada Zaria. The Departmental Office was initially located in the old ABU Teaching Hospital Zaria, with a smaller but robust unit providing similar range of medical services at the ABU Teaching Hospital annex Tafawa Balewa Way, UnguwanRimi, Kaduna. The relocation of the ABU Teaching Hospital to the new site in Shika in November 2005 led to the movement of the departmental offices and their merger, to the first floor of the Professorial Block of the ABUTH Shika. The Department has three lying-in wards that include the Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU), the Paediatric Medical Ward (PMW) and the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), all of which are located on the Level 2 Ward Blocks, and with a total capacity of about 100 beds. We also operate a Childrens’ section within the Hospital Accidents and Emergency Unit. The weekly children’s specialist clinics headed by Consultants are conducted in the Medical Out-Patient block and the Nasara Treatment Centre (Paediatric ART Clinic only). The Institute of Child Health (ICH) is a satellite facility of the ABU Teaching Hospital located in Ban-Zazzau along New Jos Road provides primary health care services for pregnant women and Under-5 children, and is being administered by departmental clinical academic staff since its commissioning in 2005.