Sights and scenes from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

The University Health Services Directorate, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

The building of the University Health Services initiated as a sickbay in 1952 by the Nigerian College of Arts and Science. It has grown through thick and thin to its bigness now and continues to grow bigger. A population in excess of hundred thousand (100, 000) people with 35000 student population is now served. Of the new patients we see daily 60-70% is students and we expect to see more.

At the beginning when the scheme smaller and more intimate, it seemed easier to know the students. The basic philosophy was of service to staff and student with genuine caring. The bigness and business of the Health Service now fogs this philosophy but if you look carefully it's still there.

From the beginning, the struggle has been of space and resources. On the Main Campus, the present location of the ‘Sickbay’ adjacent to Suleiman Hall covers a total of over 2,600 sq meters, and was occupied in 1968. Before this date, the ‘Sickbay’ had been located in various areas at various times, from Nagwamatse road in residential Area A, to the Cappa housing unit, then to the former Community Medicine Department and finally to the present site. more...