Brief History of the Department

Otorhinolaryngology in University of Ilorin began with Dr. John Oyediran Olabisi in the early 1980s with teaching of medical students and running of the out-patients department and occasional surgeries.

Professor Onyekwere Ogan later assumed duty as a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon in 1989 and under his leadership, Ear, Nose and Throat became a full clinical department both at the Teaching Hospital and the University of Ilorin, Ilorin.  Professor Ogan started with two residents Dr. Foluwasayo Emmanuel Ologe and Dr. Segun-Busari, Segun who were both appointed as residents on 3rd September 1990.  Later on Dr. Adekunle David Dunmade was appointed as a resident.  These were Professor Ogan’s three residents.

Unfortunately, Professor Ogan was involved in a ghastly motor accident which claimed his life on 8th August, 1991. Following this incident, the resident doctors were sponsored by the Teaching Hospital to LUTH and UCH to complete their training.  Professor GTA Ijaduola, from University College Hospital Ibadan, a Visiting Consultant between 1992 and 1996 rendered services during this period to the medical students.

In 1996 Dr. F.E. Ologe completed his residency training and was appointed a Hospital Consultant and a Lecturer I.  Dr. A.D. Dunmade completed his training in 1998 and was appointed as a Lecturer I and later Honorary Consultant by the University Teaching Hospital, Ilorin.  Dr. Segun-Busari, Segun completed his training in 2001, appointed as a Lecturer I with Dr. B.S. Alabi in 2002.  Subsequently both Drs. Segun-Busari and Dr. B.S. Alabi were appointed Honorary Consultants in 2002.

Currently the department has a full accreditation of both the National Postgraduate Medical College from 2008 to 2013 and also the West African College of Surgeons. Presently, the academic staff team of the department now has Dr. O. A. Afolabi and Dr. H. K. Omokanye on board.

Functions of the Department

The functions of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology are the objectives and the goal of the department which equally identifies the vision of the University that is University of Ilorin Vision Statement:
To be an international centre of excellence in learning, research, probity and service to humanity
University of Ilorin Mission Statement:

To provide world-class environment for learning, research and community service.

In view of this therefore the functions of the Department are as follows:

  1. To provide teaching and clinical demonstration to medical student in Otorhinolaryngology for their Special Surgical posting.
  2. To encourage the conduct of research and academic publication in Otorhinolaryngology for their special surgical posting.
  3. To train Doctors in the residency programme in various examinations leading to the award of the postgraduate fellowship in Otorhinolaryngology.
  4. To give training in Otorhinolaryngology to Resident Doctors in other specialities who requires exposure in Otorhinolaryngology as part of the prerequisite for the award of their specialty’s fellowship.
  5. Public education of the general population on prevention, early diagnosis and treatment as well as possible sequel common Ear, Nose and Throat disease.
  6. To render services to the general population by diagnosing and treating Ear, Nose and Throat diseases and other ailments affecting the Head and Neck region.
  7. To determine and treat hearing disabilities early in life and carry out regular follow-up so as to limit or prevent permanent loss of hearing in life.
  8. To train qualified nurses in the care and management of Otorhinolaryngological patients and teach student nurses and other paramedical staff the basic knowledge of Otorhinolaryngology

Aims and Objectives:

The undergraduate curriculum in Otorhinolaryngology is aimed at impacting adequate knowledge in basic medical and surgical care of the ear, nose, throat and the head and neck region.  At the completion of posting, the undergraduate should:

  • Be able to elicit history of patients’ ORL and relevant general health.
  • Be able to carry out examination of the Ear Nose and throat including Head and Neck region
  • Be familiar with basic ORL investigations
  • Be able to institute simple treatment of common ORL diseases and offer first aid treatment in ORL emergencies, and refer if necessary.



Contacts with the ORL are in two phases:

  1. 400 Level Introductory Phase: As part of the wider introductory phase to the clinical phase of their studies, medical students are given lectures and exposed to history and examination methods.
  2. 600 Level Special Surgical Posting: During this phase, students are rotated in batches through the various ORL Clinics, wards, Seminars, Tutorials, Grand rounds, surgical session and didactic lectures.