The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was established in 1967. By 1980 the department was reorganized into subspecialities to provide more tailored treatment for her patients in addition, the department also set up its own Family Planning Unit under the Unit of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility Regulation which was a research-based clinic funded by grants and donations.
These Units are still fully operational.
The Department provides antenatal care and delivery management for booked patients. It also accepts unbooked patients and treats obstetric and gynalecological emergencies admitted through the Accident and Emergency Unit.
Each of its unit conducts separate antenatal clinics and gynaecological outpatient clinics for elective referrals and provides appropriate gynaecological surgical procedures.
The Family Planning Clinic provides modern types of family planning methods including sterilisation which can be performed on an outpatient basis. In addition, it provides low cost uterine evacuation when indicated. This clinic has run man training courses for Doctors and Nurses in Family Planning, Manual Vacuum Aspiration, Emergency Obstetric Care and Post-abortion Care, nationwide.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology can list amongst its achievements, the birth in 1989 of the first baby in West, East and Central Africa conceived by IVF (In-Vitro - Fertilisation) or Test-tube-baby, by the work of Prof. O. F. Giwa-Osagie and Prof. 0. Ashiru, of the department of Anatomy. Assoc. Prof. E. E. Emuyeyan has established the treatment pregnant HIV/AIDS positive mothers and their unborn babies, as an ongoing service in preventing the passage of the disease by vertical transmission. Research into this is still in progress.
The Department was one of the first to introduce laparoscopic procedures including sterilisation to Nigeria. It is now in the process of introducing endoscopic gynaecological surgery. A Colposcopy Clinic for the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer is in the process of being set up. Other special areas of research and clinical interest include, management of women with Sickle Cell Anaemia in pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis, gynaecological endocrinology, fertility and infertility management.
The Department consists of highly experienced, nationally and internationally renowned consultants who services to her patients