Paediatric Endocrinology in University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria: Past, Present, Future

Abstract

Paediatric Endocrinology is a relatively new sub-speciality of Paediatrics in Africa especially in Nigeria. In the past eight years the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology has laboured to build capacity among health professionals in Africa. This kind gesture has started off a chain of events that has led to the emergence of Nigerian and African Societies for Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology as well as a progressive increase in the number of Paediatric Endocrinologists on the continent. It has also led to increased awareness, improved referrals and enhanced clinical care of children with endocrine disorders in Nigeria. This is an attempt to give a historic account of Paediatric Endocrinology at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, a major referral teaching hospital in Nigeria.

Keywords: Paediatrics, endocrine, multi-disciplinary teams, University College Hospital (Ibadan)

Résumé
L’endocrinologie pédiatrique est une sous-spécialité relativement nouvelle de la pédiatrie en Afrique, en particulier au Nigeria. Au cours des huit dernières années, la Société Européenne pour l’Endocrinologie Pédiatrique a travaillé à renforcer les capacités des professionnels de la santé en Afrique. Ce geste généreux a débuté une chaîne d’événements qui a conduit à l’émergence de la société nigériane et africaine pour l’endocrinologie pédiatrique et adolescente, ainsi qu’une augmentation progressive du nombre d’endocrinologues pédiatriques sur le continent. Cela a également permis une prise de conscience accrue, des références améliorées et des soins cliniques améliorés pour les enfants souffrant des maux endocriniens au Nigeria. Il s’agit d’une tentative de donner un compte rendu historique de l’endocrinologie pédiatrique au Collège Hospitalier Universitaire, Ibadan, un hôpital d’enseignement de référence majeure au Nigéria.

Mots-clés: Pédiatrie, endocrine, équipes multidisciplinaires Collège Hospitalier Universitaire (Ibadan)

Correspondence: Dr. Olimide O. Jarrett, Department of Paediatric, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. E-mail: tokunbojarrett@yahoo.com.

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