The College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University is located in Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria. Nnamdi Azikiwe University is the offshoot of the former Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). ASUTECH was founded on July 30, 1980 by law (Cited as Law no 7 of 1980, enacted by the Anambra state House of Assembly). Late Professor Kenneth Onwuka Dike was appointed the first President and Chief Executive of the University. In 1984, Prof. Cyril A. Onwumechili succeeded Prof. Dike as the President of the University. The University was conceived as a Multi-campus University. The campuses were located at Enugu, Abakiliki, Awka and Nnewi.
By ASUTECH Edict no 20 of 1985, the University was restructured, returning it to the traditional Nigerian University system with Council and Senate as main organs of governance and the Vice Chancellor as the Chief Executive. It also reaffirmed the academic discipline in the four campuses as follows.
Enugu Campus – Engineering / Technology and Management Sciences
Awka Campus – Basic and Applied Sciences, Law and Social Sciences.
Abakiliki Campus- Agricultural Sciences, Aquaculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Nnewi Campus – Health Sciences, including Medicine and Dentistry.
In 1986, a new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chinweike Ejike assumed duties. In November 1986, the Pre-science programme took off in Nnewi Campus; and in February, 1987, Abakiliki and Nnewi Campuses were officially opened with the induction of the newly admitted Pre- Science Students for the 1986/1987 academic year. Student enrollment for Pre-Science in 1986/87 was 382 for both Abakiliki and Nnewi Campuses and 490 in 1987/88. In October 1987, the first set of 44 pre-clinical students (some of whom were the product of the pre-science programme) were subsequently admitted into the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences. Prof. B. C.Umerah was the Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Prof. S.E. Asogwa was the HOD Basic Medical Sciences
In 1988, the then Anambra State Government, by an Edict No. 9 instituted a Collegiate system that decentralized the governance of the University. Consequently, four of these Colleges were established in Enugu, Awka, Abakaliki and Nnewi. Nnewi campus which became the domicile of the College of Health Sciences, took over the premises of the former Teachers Training College, Okofia. By Anambra State of Nigeria Edict No. 10 of 1988, ASUTECH Teaching Hospital Management Board was enacted, formally establishing ASUTECH Teaching Hospital the official clinical training centre for the College of Health Sciences. The Teaching Hospital Nnewi took over the premises of the former General Hospital, Nnewi.
The College of Health Sciences was under a Board of Governors with Chief A. E. Oradubanya as Chairman of the Board. The Foundation Provost was Prof. G. C. Ezeilo who was also the Chief Medical Director of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi. The College took off with one faculty – the Faculty of Medicine – which subsumed the existing Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences.
The Collegiate system vested on the four Colleges the power to be semi-autonomous. This meant that though the College of Health Sciences was part of the integrate University system, administratively; it had some measures of autonomy. The College controlled its own financial affairs and had the power to employ staff both senior and junior levels, up to USS13 without recourse to the Vice Chancellor, pay staff remunerations and undertake developmental projects as was necessary within an approved limit.
Following the splitting of the former Anambra State into two states; Anambra and Enugu States, Anambra State Government, by Edict No. 5 of November, 26 1991, established the State University named Nnamdi Azikiwe University after The Rt. Hon. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Owelle of Onitsha and the first President of Nigeria. The Edict upheld Awka and Nnewi as the Campuses of the University with the headquarters at Awka.
The University was taken over by the Federal Government with effect from September, 1 1992 by Decree No. 34 of July 1992. The Federal Government also took over the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital through Decree No. 68 of 1992. The later Edicts by the State Government and the Federal Government did not clearly specify the autonomy of the campuses; therefore the autonomy system was downplayed.
The present location of the Teaching Hospital is temporary. It is hoped the hospital will move to the permanent site of over 54 hectares landmass at the confluence of Nnewi, Oraifite, and Ozubulu currently being developed. Being the official training center of The College, she is postulated to move alongside the Teaching Hospital to the permanent site.
On August 11, 2004, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Senate at her 104th meeting approved the establishment of Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology as an integral part of the College. Also approved were four departments to make up the new faculty. In another development, Nnamdi Azikiwe University management at its 186th meeting held on April 19th 2008, considered and approved the request for the creation of Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences. Request for the faculty was made by the component Departments, and supported by the report of the College Committee on the Creation of the Faculty headed by Prof. O. C. Ikpeze under the provostship of Prof. Agbata A. I. This was subsequently ratified by the University Senate on its 127th meeting of May, 19th 2008. The faculty commenced academic activities in the 2008/2009 academic session.
The Motto of the College is ‘Dignity in Health’. The underlying principle for this motto is that health is the foundation for an individual’s sustainable development and resilience. It is also an underlying right of every individual irrespective of race or status. Through high quality training, therefore, health professionals are groomed to uphold the sanctity of life. They are also trained to be channels to empower individuals to discover and develop the inherent capacity to be responsible for one’s own life.
The philosophy of Nnamdi Azikiwe University is that knowledge should be propagated and disseminated to individuals without let or hindrance and that teaching and research would be focused primarily at providing the needs of the Nigerian society. Her mission is to use teaching, research and public service to solve societal problems. In addition to this, the College has the mission to use teaching, learning and research to uphold dignity in health by producing high quality, seasoned and research oriented healthcare personnel capable of upholding the sanctity of life, delivering excellence in healthcare and contributing meaningfully to research and development in human health and disease.
To achieve these aims the College provides facilities for the training of medical and other health personnel at the undergraduate and post graduate levels. She also provides modern facilities for research and development in all areas of human health and disease.
The vision of the College is to be a centre of reference in health manpower development attested to as the best in the nation and beyond.
The College of Health Sciences Nnewi campus of Nnamdi Azikiwe University has multiple premises in which the students carry out their learning and research activities. The centers are as follows:
College of Health Sciences, located at Okofia Otolo Nnewi.
This is the domicile of the Pre-clinical students of the three faculties and the administrative domain of Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology and Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in the center of the town is the administrative domain of Faculty of Medicine, and the venue for the clinical posting for all the faculties
Community Medicine and Diagnostic Centre at Neni, Aniocha LGA Anambra State, is a center of research for community medicine and primary health care
Guinness Eye Centre Onitsha is for ophthalmology training and clinical posting.
Presently, the College has three Faculties, 22 academic departments, a Medical Library, a Medical centre and 5 administrative departments as listed below
STRUCTURE OF THE COLLEGE
Faculty of Medicine
Haematology and Blood Transfusion
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Primary Health Care unit
Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Radiography & Radiological Sciences
Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
Provost Admin Office
Student Affairs Unit