WSO Concerned Organization Award: University of Benin Teaching Hospital

An Association, Society, Agency, etc., with an above-average support of safety, environmental, etc., movement; actively (and above average in) contributing to the protection of people, property, resources, and the environment through innovative programs; with distinctive purpose and goals to enhance the safety awareness.

University of Benin Teaching Hospital | Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) as a tertiary health facility came into being in 1973 following the enactment of an edict (number 12). As the sixth of the 1st generation Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria, it was established to complement its sister institution, University of Benin, and to provide secondary and tertiary care to the then Midwestern Region (now Edo and Delta State) and its environs. It also provides necessary facilities for training of high and middle level manpower for the health industry and spearheads research opportunities for lecturers in the University and other interested persons with local morbidity burden as research question(s). In 2012, UBTH co-sponsored the WSO National Office for Nigeria, making the institution an international supporter of the WSO motto, joining to: “Making Safety A Way of Life… Worldwide”. In 2013, UBTH recorded Africa’s first successful Sickle Cell Transplant. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Osayuki Oshodin, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, (Academics), Prof Emmanuel Onibare, commended the management of UBTH for the landmark achievement, adding that the university would continue to support the hospital in the realization of its objective. Through the Community Health Centers in Ogbona and Udo, and the General Practice Clinic that came on stream later, UBTH equally provides some avenues for primary health care to the immediate communities. At inception, its goals were encapsulated in the motto of Healing, Research and Training. Initially commissioned as a 300-bed hospital in 1973, UBTH which is located on the Benin-Lagos Expressway, has expanded facilities to over 500 in-patients. The vision of UBTH is to be a major player in health care delivery, research, and training in Nigeria and Africa at large. Their mission is to provide effective and efficient training of health professionals, quality research, and equitable service delivery with empathy toward their clients.