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University Health Services

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

History

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The health scheme of the Institution that is now the University Health services started as a mere Sickbay grew to a basic health care facility in 1952 under the then Nigerian College of Arts and Science that later transformed into Ahmadu Bello University in 1962.

Along with the growth of the population, it has become a full-fledged University Health Services Unit with a curative wing at the status of secondary Health Care Unit. Health care services are being rendered to the community through the Clinics and health offices located on the various campuses.

On the main campus, the present location of the sickbay covers a total of over 2,600 sq meters and was occupied in 1968. Before this date, the ‘sickbay’ had been located in various areas at various times, from Nagwamatse crescent in residential Area A. to Block F Sulaiman/Cappa housing unit, then to the former Community Medicine Department and finally to the present site. Apparently, the expansion of University Health Services and the introduction of special Clinics have increased the number of patients seen in these clinics every day.

Provision of a responsive high quality and accessible, efficient and community based, comprehensive, feasible, available, affordable, and acceptable medical and health services to all.

These would be anchored on:

  • Evident based medicine and strong referral services.
  • Effective health education and good mental health services.
  • HIV/AIDS and drug abuse prevention and mitigation services
  • Promotion of positive health practices, safe motherhood initiative, reproductive health, and immunization services.
  • Provide highest quality preventive health and strong community Health services
  • Promote health education, proper nutrition, recreation, and stress-free environment
  • Youth friendly services
  • Well-equipped laboratories
  • Workplace/ laboratory safety and accident prevention.
  • Enforce food and water hygiene
  • Enforce hospital infection control
  • Environmental sanitation, beautification, and protection.
  • Attention to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
  • These are necessary to meet the 21st century challenges of emerging diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and resurgence of old diseases like tuberculosis, malaria due to severe poverty and other factors.

Excellence in University Health Services -Making our services to be at a high standard where not only students and staff even the principal officers of the University would like to go personally and happily for their health needs. And to achieve and maintain a high standard of environmental sanitation and sustainability that should be exemplary to our future leaders trained in the University which should help them in promoting similar standard anywhere they may work later in life.

The health scheme of the Institution that is now the University Health services started as a mere Sickbay grew to a basic health care facility in 1952 under the then Nigerian College of Arts and Science that later transformed into Ahmadu Bello University in 1962.

Along with the growth of the population, it has become a full-fledged University Health Services Unit with a curative wing at the status of secondary Health Care Unit. Health care services are being rendered to the community through the Clinics and health offices located on the various campuses.

On the main campus, the present location of the sickbay covers a total of over 2,600 sq meters and was occupied in 1968. Before this date, the ‘sickbay’ had been located in various areas at various times, from Nagwamatse crescent in residential Area A. to Block F Sulaiman/Cappa housing unit, then to the former Community Medicine Department and finally to the present site. Apparently, the expansion of University Health Services and the introduction of special Clinics have increased the number of patients seen in these clinics every day.

University Health Services sees health care as an expression of concern for fellow human beings through best medical services rendered to individuals, families, or communities, for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, monitoring, or restoring health.

UHS will therefore:

  • Work within the norms and the ethics of medical profession.
  • Confidentiality in compiling ,storage and management of patient’s information
  • Hold high the culture of equity and equality
  • Hold high patient centered care
  • Timeliness, efficiency, comprehensiveness and high-quality health care services.
  • Hold high environmental, personal hygiene and sanitation.
  • Promotion of positive Health practices, safe motherhood initiative, reproductive health immunization services.
  • Continued medical education with learning and research
  • Anchor on multi-disciplinary approach on issue and problems solving
  • Use of appropriate technology, services integration and sharing of ideas

  • To provide community health services which will include judicious setting of health Clinics in the campus.
  • To provide a comprehensive environmental health services on housing, town planning water supply, refuse and sewage disposal, drainage, food hygiene, prevention of soil, water and air pollution and provision for the prevention of accidents. In laboratories and at sport and recreational activities, the health services should ensure that its activities are carried out according to World Best Standard Practices.
  • To provide social welfare and social development services.
  • To advise on adequate nutrition both for students, and more especially, the junior staff members and their families.
  • To offer health education to all, including all students, staff members, and pregnant women and mothers and care of the under-five children.
  • To provide students with health counselling services mainly towards preventing diseases to which university students are particularly liable such as mental health, and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • To provide advice/ immunization, and the necessary health examination to travelers of the university officials, staff, overseas consultants, and external examiners.
  • To provide yearly health services bills to the university.
  • To coordinate and integrate university health services with those of neighboring government and private health related agencies, in the further promotion of a comprehensive health services for the entire university community. This is necessary because many students and staff who are not offered accommodation often resides in rented houses near and around the university.