BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
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Brief History
The department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion started as a unit within a larger department of Pathology in 1967. It became a fully fledged department in 1975; it has been characterized by locally relevant but internationally acclaimed researches in haemoglobinopathies, iron deficiency aneamia in pregnancy, and endemic haematological malignancies. The book titled “the sickle cell disease patient” a production of the department remains a reference book. 
The department is involved in the teaching of both undergraduates (M.B, B.S Programme) and postgraduate medical training of the National and West African Post graduate Medical Colleges (The Residency/Specialization Programme) for which the department has graduated more than 15 specialists so far. The Department will commence the M.Sc., Ph.D and MD courses in cinical Haematology from the 2015/2016 academic session; we are also involved in the training of medical laboratory technologists, Medical Laboratory Technicians and others in the field of medicine. The clinical arm of the department is involved in the diagnosis, treatment and follow up of patients with haematological disorders. The laboratory arm is involved in routine, special haematological investigation, blood banking and transfusion services.
The department also has a day care haematology clinic for the day management of patients with Sickle Cell anaemia, Haemophilia, haematological malignancies and other haematological disorders. The day clinic runs 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday to friday