The Department of Anaesthesia started with the establishment of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Ilorin in 1977. It exists as an academic Department in the University and a clinical Department in the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). Both arms of the Department are involved in research, training and community service.

At the inception of the Department, there was no lecturer/physician anaesthetist, consequently the Department was overseen by the Head of Department of Surgery. By February 1984, Dr S.K. Raghavendra was appointed Lecturer I in the Department but left in 1988 having attained the post of Senior Lecturer. Another lecturer, Dr A.A. Gunasekera had a brief stint in the Department between April and September 1984. Dr S.A. Oduntan, a retired professor of Anaesthesia from the University of Ibadan was appointed a visiting professor in 1987 for a period of one year. Dr Amata who had a brief stint as a senior registrar in the UITH, Ilorin was also involved in the training of medical students 1987-1988. Between 1989- 1990, the Department employed associate lecturers, Drs Morawo and Fasidi from other universities for the training of medical students. The only administrative staff of the Department during these trying years was Mrs A.A. Nurudeen.

From 1990 to 1992, the UITH started aggressive recruitment and training of resident doctors in Anaesthesia in the Universities of Calabar and Benin, University College Hospital, Ibadan, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. Enugu, and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana. These resident doctors anchored the training of the medical students of the University of Ilorin. By Dec 1997 Dr I.K. Kolawole was appointed Lecturer I while Dr B.O. Bolaji also joined him in October 1998 as Lecturer I in the Department. These two became the first set of full time indigenous academic staff of the Department. In March 1998, the Department attained a full autonomy and seized to be under the supervision of the Head of Surgery Department when Dr I.K. Kolawole was appointed the coordinator of the Department. The Department has grown and has been functioning fully in the three areas of research, teaching and community service. By the end of 2012, the Department had 6 academic staff and 2 administrative staff.

 Course Justification

Good surgical outcome depends on sound scientific knowledge of anaesthesia which includes physiology, anatomy, pharmacology and clinical medicine related to the specialty. Pain is the most common presenting symptom of patients and this is a specialized area in anaesthesia in which the student must have basic knowledge. Critical care involves airway management, support of the respiration and circulation for which the student must also have a sound knowledge in order to be able to manage such patients upon graduation.

Course Objectives in Anaesthesia

At the end of anaesthesia posting, the student should:

  1. a) be able to perform life support procedures; viz: respiratory

   resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, care of the unconscious patient, other

   resuscitative measures.

  1. b) be able to enumerate the general principles of operative anaesthesia
  2. c) be able to provide peri-operative care
  3. d) be able to perform regional anaesthetic techniques for minor surgical procedures
  4. e) recognize high risk surgical patients
  5. f) demonstrate basic skills in the management of common complications of anaesthesia
  6. g) be able to assess and manage acute and chronic pain
  7. h) demonstrate basic knowledge for provision of labour analgesia