The department of Family Medicine of the Federal Medical Centre Birnin Kebbi came into being at the inception of the Federal Medical Centre in the year 2000 as the General Outpatient Department. It was reorganized as the Department of Family Medicine in the year 2010 and has continued to provide both primary and secondary healthcare to patients from both within and outside Birnin Kebbi.
The department has a four-fold mission statement as follows:
- To provide continuous comprehensive healthcare in a personalized manner to patients of all ages and their families, regardless of the presence of disease or the nature of the presenting complaint and also arranging for other health personnel to provide services when necessary.
- To provide compassionate, competent and efficient front line care to the public.
- To promote academic excellence in the training of residents in the speciality of Family Medicine.
- To conduct research relevant to common medical problems.
The department is currently headed by Dr Hope Abitare who doubles as the Deputy Head of Clinical Services. The department which has been accredited for fellowship training in Family Medicine currently has registrars and senior registrars in training. They are supported by a number of nurses, administrative, medical records and other staff.
The Family Medicine Department has the busiest Clinic in the Centre and treats hundreds of patients on a daily basis many of which are referred to different specialized departments. It has National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as a unit under her supervision.
Clinic days and times are as follows:
General Outpatient Clinic (GOPC) Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 8:00pm
NHIS Clinic Monday – Friday 9:00am – 8:00pm