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The First Hospital Facility In Nigeria: The Sacred Heart Hospital, Abeokuta

 

The first hospital in Nigeria was the Sacred Heart Hospital in Abeokuta which was built by the Roman Catholic Mission in 1885. Sacred Heart Hospital is located in Lantoro, in the heart of Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, in the Southwest region of Nigeria.


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It has since its inception, enjoyed the support and patronage of people from all works of life: royals, politicians, elites and the common man, on account of whom it was primarily established. It is the backbone of Ogun State healthcare delivery and boasts about 500 in its workforce. At the moment, it operates at the secondary level of care, though with some tertiary attention.

More about Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro

Established in the year 1895 by the Society of African Missions (SMA) of the Catholic Church, the Sacred Heart Hospital (SHH), Lantoro Abeokuta, poised to provide an array of qualitative health service that enhances the dignity of the human person. Currently, its offers services in Surgery, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Accident and Emergency, a range of laboratory services, Endoscopy, Scan, ENT, Ophthalmic, and Dental Services, etc. It is an accredited centre for the training of medical personnel in the different fields of Medicine and Nursing. It is also accredited for National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) services. Indeed a great medical team to help your needs.

Being one of the oldest hospitals in Nigeria, the hospital prides itself on the quality of care provided by its consultants. The Medical Department has a good reputation for high-quality medical services.


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Some of the services it renders include:

  • Kidney Dialysis: Haemodialysis with online haemodiafiltration monitoring, to ensure effective dialysis dose and patient safety.
  • Medical Checkups: the hospital provides full medical check-ups which include things such as questions about the patient’s personal and family medical history.
  • Screening Exams: Screening examination tests are performed on a large group of symptoms-free people who may have an undetected disease.
  • Radiology: Medical speciality that uses medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases within the body.
  • Dentistry: Medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity.
  • Neonatology: Medical care of new-born in an Intensive Care Unit.
  • Pharmacy: Medicine that deals with the diseases and abnormalities of the heart.

The Sacred Heart School of Nursing

Though Sacred Heart Hospital is a private (Missionary) Institution, it has as part of its mandate, given qualitative training to young health professionals in Nursing. The school of nursing is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta. Since 1950, when the School of Midwifery commenced, many tutors had served under many principals. Rev. Sr. Consolata was the pioneer principal, followed by Mrs Oguntoyinbo and Rev. Sr. Joan Amor.

In 1998, the School was changed from the School of Midwifery to the School of Nursing and Mr Oke G. O. became the first Principal of the School of Nursing. The School is staffed by qualified, experienced and dedicated individuals who are putting in their best to maintain the School’s academic excellence.

Many Midwives and Nurses have passed through this great School to which we are grateful to God. Presently, we have a total of about 150 students in the School.

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Sacred Heart Hospital Lantoro

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