Federal Medical Centre Azare

Bauchi State

Efficient Healthcare to Humanity

PAEDIATRICS DEPARTMENT

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide excellent, affordable and effective health care as well as training and research using discipline and qualified staff, in order to be the foremost department in the provision of excellent and effective healthcare through training and research in the center.

scbu section
Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

The Paediatrics Department is committed to providing individualized and developmentally suitable care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents within the setting of their families and community. With an Emergency Paediatric Unit, a Special Care Baby Unit, a Paediatric Medical Ward, Paediatric Specialist Clinic, Nutrition Clinics, Outpatient Clinics and (soon to be operational) Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, we are a vital resource for tertiary paediatric care in our locale (Azare and environs) and beyond. Our patients also have access to preventive, primary and secondary care as well as counseling.

It is headed by a Consultant Paediatrician with a team of other Peadiatricians on permanent and visiting capacity. There are also several Senior Registrars, Medical and House Officers as well as Paediatric Nurses.

Paediatric Ward Consultant Round
HOD Paediatrics and other doctors on Ward Round in the main Paediatric Ward. In the foreground is the Center's Dietician.

INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND

The Paediatric Department is run as one of the component units of the Clinical Services Directorate. Established since the inception of the Centre, it is composed of an Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU), a Paediatric Medical ward (PMW), a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), a Paediatric Outpatient Department as well as a Counseling and Nutrition Unit.

Baby in SCBU
SCBU Team. Doctors and Nurses working in the Special Care Baby Unit.

DETAILS OF CLIENTS

The department offers holistic medical services for children aged between first day of life and twelve (12) years and support services to their families.

Baby in SCBU
A preterm baby being managed in an incubator in the SCBU.

SERVICE CHARTER

MANPOWER AND SPECIALIST AVAILABLE IN PERMANENT AND VISITING CAPACITY:

There are 3 consultant pediatricians in the department. It also has 2 senior registrars. There are six medical officers. House officers are posted depending on availability, with an average of six posted every three months. Four consultants are available in visiting capacity. There is also a counselor and a dietician in the department.

SERVICES PROVIDED

Patients are seen as out-patients in the POPD from Monday to Friday and those requiring emergency in-patient care are admitted into the EPU, while those who are stable are admitted into the PMW. The SCBU caters for babies from age 0-28days.
There is a weekly specialist clinic, daily ward rounds including weekends, and a nutrition clinic. Emergency services are provided for 24 hours/day, weekly health promotion services, disease prevention, immunization and home management of common childhood conditions are also provided.

SCBU team
Consultant and medical team reviewing a child in the Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU).

SERVICE DELIVERY

In line with the vision and mission of the centre, the department ensures qualitative healthcare delivery to all its clients. In doing so, adequate information is provided to care givers of its clients in a friendly, courteous manner and promptly.

WAITING TIME

The average waiting time in POPD after obtaining a card is approximately thirty (30) minutes, though triage is being carried out regularly by the doctors to identify those in need of urgent attention, while five minutes is the average waiting time in EPU.

GRIEVANCE REDRESS MECHANISM

The administration of the department is based on fairness and honesty and complaints on services by clients should be directed to the HOD or the other consultants in the department. Their phone numbers are made available on notice boards.

EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Weekly morbidity and mortality meetings are held in order to audit activities of the department in the past week. There are also bi- monthly perinatal mortality meeting, Grand rounds and seminars. Quarterly departmental meetings are also held. Research papers are being published in medical journals by staff of the department.

PMW Ward Round
Consultant ward round in the Paediatric Medical Ward (PMW).

Consulting Schedules

Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU)

Consultant Ward Rounds:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Snr. Registrars' Ward Rounds:
Tuesdays and Fridays
Medical Officers' Ward Rounds:
Wednesdays and Weekends

Special Care baby Unit (SCBU)

Consultant Ward Rounds:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Snr. Registrars' Ward Rounds:
Wednesdays to Fridays
Medical Officers' Ward Rounds:
Mondays and Weekends

Paediatric Medical Ward (PMW)

Consultant Ward Rounds:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Snr. Registrars' Ward Rounds:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Medical Officers' Ward Rounds:
Mondays and Weekends

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Dr. Al Mustafa I. Imoudu, HOD Paediatrics.

The department is headed by Dr. Iragbogie Al-Mustapha Imoudu, Consultant Paediatrician. He studied Medicine at the University of Benin in Benin City, Edo State. He has been practicing medicine for 16 years and is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (Paediatrics), and a Member of the interational Institute of Management.
He also holds a Masters' Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.