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Our driving objective at UPTH is to become a world class quartenary hospital, using cutting edge technology and highly developed human resources to render excellent medical care/services to the good people of Rivers State and beyond in-order to markedly reduce the number of patients seeking medical tourism abroad.

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The establishment of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in April 1980 came as a result of the desire of the Federal Government to provide excellent medical services, manpower training, and research in all the geopolitical zones of the country. The mandate of the Hospital was derived from Decree 10 of 1985, University Teaching Hospitals (reconstitution of Board etc) Decree.  Our Hospital’s vision is “To be a first-rate world-class Hospital” and its mission statement is “To provide excellent Medical Services, Manpower Training, and Research, using a well trained and well-motivated workforce and the best affordable modern technology with a culture of courtesy, humanness, and patient friendliness”.

In its 38 (thirty-eight) years of existence, it has gone through a remarkable journey in terms of physical and manpower development. The Hospital started as a small cottage Hospital, the Emohua General Hospital which had a 60-bed capacity in 1981. However, in September 1983 it was obvious that the Hospital was too small to serve as a Teaching Hospital. The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital was consequently relocated to the 180-bed Port Harcourt General Hospital.  Between 1983 and the present day this Hospital has been upgraded to an 800-bed Hospital with tremendous expansion in physical, equipment and infrastructure to meet accreditation requirements of the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council (NMDC) and the two Post-graduate Medical Colleges, National/West Africa for the training of both graduate and postgraduate Doctors. Thus, presently all the major clinical and pathology departments of the hospital have been fully accredited and re-accredited.


The National Health Insurance Scheme is fully operational as the staff of this hospital and other public servants are currently accessing its services. RESEARCH There had been various collaborative researches/studies and drug trials.  Example of these are:

  1. The collaborative research with the University of Liverpool, School of Tropical Medicine on Female Reproductive Health.
  2. Partnership with Rice University (USA) on Prevention of Cervical cancer using PAP Smear and Colposcopy.
  3. Studies of the effect of magnesium sulfate on pre-eclampsia patients (Magpie studies) with the University of Cambridge.

There have been several hospital-based individual research by consultants; these have appeared in local, national and international scientific journals.

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The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital treats well over 400,000 out-patients per annum, over 10,000 in-patients per annum and well over 3000 surgeries per annum.

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