Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)


Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery also known as OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY is a surgical specialty which deals with diseases of the ear, nose, and throat and related structures of head and neck.

Responsibilities: The ENT department offers expert care to patients referred either from other clinical departments within the hospital or from outside the hospital. The department gives all-inclusive, uninterrupted and coordinated care to patients irrespective of age, sex, and religion. The consultants, Resident doctors, speech Therapist/Audiologist, nurses and ward maids all work as a team to ensure the smooth running of the department to achieve patient-centered care.

  A Brief History

The Department of ENT Surgery is one of the Clinical Departments of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. It has been an active department in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) for more than 20 years. It was created in the ’90s by the Chief Medical Director Dr. R. O Long-John. The department was set up with the following aims: 1To improve patient care in otorhinolaryngology. 2. To train otorhinolaryngology Residents. 3. To equip the medical graduates turned out by the University of Port Harcourt with all the Otorhinolaryngological (E.N.T) knowledge and skills they need to take on the challenges of contemporary medical practice in Nigeria and abroad.

This department was started by Dr. C.A. Odu who was promoted to the post of chief consultant ENT surgeon by the Board of Management of the hospital which took effect from July 1st, 1988. He was the Pioneer Head of Department until 1993 when Sir Dr. B.C.C Okoye was employed. Sir, Dr. B.C.C Okoye took over from him and was Head of Department until 2006 when he lost his life in an ill-fated plane crash. Prof O. B da Lilly-Tariah became Head of Department after the demise of Sir, Dr. B.C.C Okoye in 2006. Prof O.B.da-Lilly Tariah was not deterred by the setbacks that befell the department and single-handedly uplifted the department and took ENT surgery department to greater heights by working closely with the staff to pursue academic excellence and rendering of quality otorhinolaryngological care for all patients in UPTH. As a team, they improved upon the good foundation laid by the previous Heads of the department.

Credit should be given to Prof O.B da Lilly-Tariah who fought for the establishment of the Department of ENT Surgery in the University of Port Harcourt. Thus, ENT ended its 20 years of service as a mere unit of the Surgery Department. 

The Department of ENT Surgery in UPTH has full accreditation from both the West African College of Surgeons and The National Post Medical Graduate College of Nigeria. Comprehensive training of medical students and Residents in Otorhinolaryngology rests on the shoulders of the Departments of ENT surgery of both Institutions. In 2018, Prof OB. da Lilly Tariah, the pride of ORL became the President of the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria. Following his busy schedule, Dr.Onotai L.O was appointed the Head of Department of ENT surgery in UPTH on the 20th of February 2018. Dr. Onotai L.O. has continued to consolidate on the blueprint already laid down by Prof O.B da Lilly Tariah.

Departmental Mission Statement

  1. To render cost-effective otorhinolaryngological services to our patients.
  2. To produce medical graduates and to train Residents who can meet up with global standards in the medical knowledge of ENT diseases/ Head and neck surgeries.
  3. To train ORL residents

It is our departmental policy to provide a learning platform convenient for acquiring basic knowledge of Ear, Nose and Throat diseases and necessary basic skills in managing these diseases. Our Training Program, without doubt, will help produce Medical doctors who are well equipped theoretically and practically to adequately manage most otorhinolaryngological problems that they may encounter as young doctors. Residents will be well trained to become consultants that can practice anywhere in the world.

The department also renders some audiological services and speech therapy to patients. We run clinic daily, Mondays to Thursdays. Fridays are used for carrying out minor ENT procedures by the Residents and for the speech therapist to run speech therapy clinic. We operate on our patients twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. Emergencies are attended to on daily basis. Our academic days are Thursdays (Journal club, in the morning and Seminar presentation in the afternoon) and Fridays (Clinical meeting and ground rounds).

Number Of ORL Surgeons Trained Till Date:

The department has trained 7 ORL surgeons till date. They are as follows:

  1. Dr. ONOTAI L.O
  2. Dr. NWOGBO A.C
  3. Dr. IBEKWE M.U

Staff Strength

The Honorary Consultant staff of the department is 4. Presently we have 13 Residents, 7 ENT trained nurses and 1 Speech therapist. However, there is no Audiologist at the time of writing. The current consultant staff and other staff of the Department are as shown in the table below.

Staff Training & Research

As part of our manpower development, staff are encouraged to attend scientific conferences, workshops, and seminars as much as possible. Research is indispensable in the any Tertiary Institution. All categories of staff are encouraged to do research either as an individual or in collaboration with others. More so, they are encouraged to commence sub-specialist training as part of manpower development.

Post-Graduate Programmes

The Department conducts Residency Training program for Resident doctors to obtain the Fellowship of both the National Postgraduate Medical College (FMCORL) of Nigeria and the West African Postgraduate Medical College (FWACS) in Otorhinolaryngology. This is domiciled in UPTH and it’s not a University Program.

Future Prospects

The department is working seriously to start running subspecialist clinics (otology/skull base surgery, rhinology, laryngology/head and neck, audiology, and Pediatric Otolaryngology). These will be achieved after manpower development in the various subspecialties. Furthermore, we shall start providing full audiological services after acquiring all the necessary equipment in the near future.

ENT Department in UPTH has come to stay and is waxing stronger to take on the growing demands of ORL services and training within our geopolitical zone of the country. With more manpower training, funding and provision of modern facilities the sky shall be our limit.

Head of Department

For more details on the scope of work see UPTH Service Charter.
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