History

 The Department is one of the foundational  Departments of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital and  of the College of Medicine, created in 2011.The first acting Head of Department was Dr James O. Bamidele (now a Professor) who was succeeded by Dr Olusola O. Odu on Ist August, 2015 (now a Professor). The present acting Head of Department is Dr Samson Deji who took over from Dr  Eyitope Amu on the 1st August 2019.

The Department is an integral part of the Teaching Hospital as well as of the College of Medicine in the pursuit of academic programs designed for its overall objectives. The three fold branches of the Department include Prevention, Curative and Research activities, carried out on regular basis in the practice areas of the Department.

The Objectives and Mission Statement

The Department was created to expose and train resident doctors as well as Medical Students in sound academic knowledge, scientific skills and expertise in the field of Community Medicine.

To assist in the resolution of major health problems in rural communities outside the Teaching Hospitals through provision of  preventive, curative and rehabilitative services provided in primary Health Care scheme of the Federal government of Nigeria.

To supervise the primary health care activities in all the three LGAs especially in Oke-Ila, Igbemo and Omu-Oke Primary Health Care Centers

To be involved in national and international campaign programmes against major epidemics of diseases including Diseases Notification and Surveillance (IDSR).

To assist the state and local governments in the implementation and evaluation of health schemes.

 To provide health care services and monitor  the health problems of the teaching Hospitals’ staff and their relations.

To provide facilities and organize the conduct of all medical examinations coming in to the Teaching Hospital.

To coordinate training in selected communities for health professional, including Medical Students, Medical Record Officers, Nurses, Resident Doctors and Postgraduate students in Community Medicine.

To conduct research into health problems in various communities.

To liaise with outside agencies on behalf of the Teaching hospitals on all matters related to the basic concepts of Community Medicine.

General Services and Academic Programs

Training of residents is conducted through the clinics,  seminars and tutorials. There are facilities for Audio-visuals. Laboratory sessions are organized using prepared slides, identification of specimens, and preparation of slides and dissection of specimen with  qualified Technologists in attendance. Also there are interdepartmental collaborations with the Departments of Microbiology/ Parasitology. A Museum containing different models of sanitation equipments, pictures, diagrams and specimens is available at the Oke-Ila Urban Comprehensive Health Centre under the Deapartment.

i.  A departmental library containing books, journals and periodicals is maintained in the     department’s office at the Teaching Hospital EKSUTH.

ii.  A departmental seminar room is available at the Teaching Hospital EKSUTH.

iii. The Oke-Ila Health Center is used for training Community aspects of urban health care, while Igbemo and Omu-Oke are used as centres for training in rural health care. Igbemo is located at about 25 kilometers from Ado-Ekiti in Ifelodun-Irepodun Local government Area of Ekiti State, while Omu-Oke is about 50 kilometers by road away from Ado-Ekiti.

iv. The staff clinics are used for training in occupational health and the medical examination clinics are run to train medical students and residents in the screening of patients.

  1. The sexually transmitted infections clinic is run in conjunction with the Departments of Microbiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology to train residents.
  2. The endemic disease clinic is used to train resident in endemic parasitic and other communicable diseases.
  3. The family health clinic is used to train residents in MCH and Family Planning, Infants Welfare and Growth Monitoring and Immunization.
  4. The Nutrition clinic is used to train medical students and resident on diseases from inadequate nutrition, etc

   vii. The following facilities are available for specific training:

  1. Ministry of Health – Health management and organization, Seminars and workshops for manpower training and development, Survey and vital statistics, DSN.
  2. Local Government - Organization of Environmental Sanitation and other duties of Medical Officer of Health. Immunization activities. 


Services and Clinic Days

  1. Rural health facility in Igbemo has  Resident doctors in charge as well as Nurses and CHEW and other staff rendering services in medical Records, laboratory services, Treatment of cases, School health, Supply of essential drugs, Referrals, Health Education, Immunization, Home visits, Maternal and child health and Family Planning and other programmes of the PHC centre. There is a weekly consultancy service by consultants from the department to the centers.
  2. The Consultant staff and Residents run the staff clinic daily for the staff of the Teaching Hospital; Conduct the Medical examination clinics for the members of the public attending the Teaching Hospital.
  3. The Residents and the Nursing staff in the Department render nutritional, immunization, health education and home visit services through the health center in Oke-Ila.

The public health nutrition clinic is run weekly on Thursday by the consultant in charge and resident doctors. Food demonstration is done twice a month by nurses and CHEWS to educate mothers on the proper choice of food for their growing children.

RESEARCH

(a). There is a departmental research laboratory equipped to handle baseline investigations. Both the Public Health Laboratory and Public Health Museum are located at the Oke-Ila PHC compound. Laboratories in Chemical Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology; Hematology are available at the Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) for more definitive investigations.

(b). A team of field staff consisting of Public Health Nurses and Community Health Officers trained in the administration of questionnaires in the area of descriptive Epidemiology is also available  in the Department.

(c.) The Consultant staff and Residents are available for Epidemiological and Emergency Preparedness and Response.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

1. Community participation in Primary Health Care Programs.

2. Socio-economic aspect of population morbidity and transmission of water related parasitic diseases in Ekiti State.

3. Pattern of disability in severely retarded children.

4.  Anthropometrics study of new born in Ekiti State.

5. Utilization of heath care facilities.

6. Public health aspects of sexually transmitted infections.

7. Epidemiology and controls of diarrhea diseases in rural areas of Ekiti State.

8. Health problems of Hospital workers.

9. Epidemiology of Road Traffic Accidents.

10. Immunization Programme in Nigeria- problems and prospects with reference to Ekiti States.

Consultants

                  

           Names                                            Specializations

  1. Prof J.O. Bamidele      Occupational Health; International Health; Epidemiology
  2. Prof. O.O. Odu               Health Education; Environmental Health; Primary Health Care

  3. Dr E.O. Amu (Mrs)        Reproductive Health; Biostatistics; Epidemiology

  4. Dr S.A. Deji                     Public Health Nutrition; Rehabilitative and Social Medicine

  5. Dr E.E. Emmanuel       Health Planning & Mgt; Rehabilitative & Social Medicine;Biostatistics

  6. Dr O.O. Solomon         Reproductive Health;Epidemiology

  7. Dr A.F. Akinwumi         Health Education, Biostatistics



Head of Department

DR. Deji Samson. A.

DR. Deji Samson. A.


Dr Deji is a Public Health Physician , a Fellow of the West African College of Physician. He had his undergraduate Medical Training in Obafemi Awololo University, Ile Ife. He had a Master of Public Health from the same University. His area of specialty is public Health Nutrition. He holds certificate in Future food from Potsdam summer school of international nutrition Germany as well as a Post graduate diploma in Paediatrics Nutrition from Boston College of Medicine, USA. He Coordinates the public health nutrition unit of the Department.