The department is involved in exposing students to broad fields of general gynaecology, obstetrics and foeto-maternal medicine in their clinical years. This is done through lectures, conferences, seminars and intensive clinical exposures, bedside teaching and call duties.
Units in the Department
The department operates on five (5) sub-specialization units; distributed between two hospitals, Ife Hospital Unit (ISH), Ile-Ife and Wesley Guild Hospital (WGH), Ilesha. These units are:
- Reproductive endocrinology and Infertility (ISH and WGH)
- Community Obstetrics and Family Planning (ISH and WGH)
- Feto-maternal Medicine (ISH and WGH)
- Gynaecological Oncology (ISH)
- Urogynaecology and General Gynaecology (WGH)
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Unit
The unit is devoted to ovulation monitoring, sperm preparation and intrauterine insemination (IUI) of washed semen. Thus, the unit is at the forefront of establishing a state of the art Assisted Conception Unit (ACU).
The unit is pioneering prostaglandin and free radical research in human semen and trace elements supplementation as a means of correcting oligo spermia in African males.
Family Planning, Reproductive Health and Community Obstetrics Unit
This unit organizes and carries out services in the area of Family Planning, Reproductive Health and Community Obstetrics which include partograph usage in labour monitoring and nutritional supplement in pregnancy to reduce low birth weight.
Collaboration exists between the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with Department of Community Health and Institute of Public Health in carrying out research activities in reproductive health and community obstetrics.
Feto-maternal Medicine (Perinatology Unit)
This unit has up-to-date facilities to monitor fetus at risk. The fetal assessment rooms have cardiotocographic monitors and ultrasounds. There is also a monitoring machine that is more sensitive than the conventional oxymeter that is use for all high risk patients in the labour ward and ASA 4/5 surgical patients at the labour ward.
The Gynae-Oncology unit was created in 2006. The unit is equipped with cryotherapy machines, LEEP and colposcopes. The unit carries out screening for cervical premalignant lesions with direct visualization of the cervix and cytology both convectional and liquid-based.
Bearing in mind that there is little awareness about cervical cancer in the community the unit has outreach program which takes members of the unit to religious organizations and to market women. The unit is also involved in outreach program which sensitize the community and increase awareness about cervical cancer and the need for its prevention.
Uro-Gynaecology/General Gynaecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit
This unit carries out laparoscopic surgeries, both diagnostic and therapeutic. It recorded the first case of total laparoscopic hysterectomy in Nigeria as well as laparoscopic salpingectyomy for heterotropic pregnancy. Over 90 laparoscopic surgeries have been performed in this unit within its first 18 months of existence.