Paediatric department, National Hospital, Abuja is a unique department which deals comprehensively with the health and well-being of infants, children and adolescents. The department is also actively involved in training of resident doctors, house officers and conducting of research.
There are four major units in the department, viz: Emergency paediatric Unit (EPU), Inpatient paediatric (IPP), Neonatal unit (NNU) and paediatric outpatient department (POPD).
EPU runs 24hrs, it’s strictly for emergency cases from referral centres and GPOPD.
Patients in EPU who are relatively stable are transferred to IPP for continued care until discharge.
NNU takes care of newborns from birth to 28days and it has 4 different subunits which include Special care baby unit (SCBU); where full term neonates requiring admission are admitted and treated, Inborn neonatal intensive care unit 1 &2; where premature babies delivered within the hospital and requiring admission are managed, and Outborn neonatal intensive care unit where premature babies referred from other health facilities are admitted and managed.
All patients who require specialist care are attended to at the POPD which opens from 8am to 3pm Mondays to Thursdays. The specialist clinics include Neonatal, Haematology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Developmental clinic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, ART/Infectious clinic, Neurology and Nephrology. We also do follow up clinics for those patients discharged from the wards on Wednesday and Fridays at POPD from 11am to 2pm.
There are 173staff in the department comprising of 11 consultants, 2 visiting consultants, 1 visiting professor, 16 senior registrars, 18 registrars, 10 CNOs, 9 ACNOs, 12 PNOs, 13 SNO, 12 NO I, 38 NO II, 1 PHA,5 CHAs, 2 SHAs, 21 Has and 2 administrative staff. Some residents come for posting periodically from other health institutions. About 15 house officers on the average rotate through the various units every 3 months.
The department has various activities every day. They include ward rounds which run weekly from Mondays to Sundays and clinics which run from Mondays to Fridays. Other clinical/academics activities that the department is involved with are Journal Club meeting from 2pm to 3pm every Monday, morbidity & mortality statistics meeting which holds on Tuesdays from 8:15am to 9:30am, deductive reasoning/bedside presentation and demonstration by registrars every Wednesday from 8:15am to 9:30am,seminar presentations on Thursdays from 8:15-9:30am and joint radiology meeting on last Thursday of every month from 3pm to 4pm. Occasionally, we do have Joint Neonatal/Obstetrics and tumour board meetings.
The department also organizes seminars during breastfeeding week which holds 1st week of August every year. We are equally not left out in the area of social event as the department celebrates children’s day on 27thday of May every year.