Past and Present Heads of The Department

S/NO.

NAME

PERIOD OF HEADSHIP

1.

Professor . U. H. Ihezue

1973 - 1984

2.

Dr. W. P. J. C. Onyeama

1994 – 1986

3

Professor U. H. Ihezue

1986 – 1990

4.

Dr. M. A. C. Onuigbo

1990 – 1994

5.

Dr. K. O. Okonkwo

1994 -  1999

6.

Dr. G. M. Onyeama

1999 – 2004

7.

Professor U. H. Ihezue

2004 – 2006

8.

Dr. K. O. Okonkwo

2006 – 2010

9.

Dr. G. M. Onyeama

2010 till date

S/NO.

NAME

RANK

PHONE NO.

E-MAIL ADDRESS

TELEPHONE NO.

1,

Dr. G. M. Onyeama

Snr. Lecturer/Consultant Psychiatrist/HOD

 

gabriel.onyeama@unn.edu.ng

gabriel.onyeama@gmail.com

mbadiwesylva@yahoo.com

08038901361

2.

 

Prof. P. O. Ebigbo

Professor/Consultant Clinical Psychologist

 

peterebigbo@yahoo.com

08033432710

3.

 

Dr K. O. Okonwo

Snr. Lecturer/Consultant Psychiatrist

 

kobokonkwo@yahoo.com

07030106692

4.

 

Dr. A. C. Ndukuba

 Lecturer I/Consultant Psychiatrist

 

   appolosndu@yahoo.com    

07066096310

5.

Mr. F. E. Okwaraji

Snr. Lecturer

 

thpsc2000@yahoo.com

08030812626

HISTORY
The department was founded in August, 1973, with the employment of then Dr. Ihezue (now Prof. U. H. Ihezue). He handled all the administrative work of the fledging department as well as the State Psychiatric Hospital (then based at the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre, Enugu). He taught a class of over 150 students, gave lectures to other department of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and conducted clinical work at the state psychiatric hospital. It was hectic in those days, as with the support of the nurses and other paramedical personnel, they handled both civilian and military psychiatric patients. In addition, he gave lectures to student nurses and midwives from several hospitals in the then East Central State of Nigeria as well as students of Psychology from the Department of Psychology of the University of Nigeria.

By 1975, Dr. M. Ilo joined the department, but left after one academic session to join the Nigerian Air Force. Dr. W. P. J. C. Onyeama joined in 1976, but left around 1989 to return to England. Our first Resident, Dr. A. Onuorah was sent to England where he completed his training in Psychiatry, returned to the department, but left later for Canada. Other residents, who passed through the department in the earlier years, included Dr. K. O. Okonkwo, Dr. G. M. Onyeama, Dr. E. N. C. Okereke who latter left for the United States of America, while Drs. Okonkwo and Onyeama stayed back and have continued to work diligently. They have both since qualified as psychiatrists and are engaged in the department as Senior Lecturers. Dr. P. O. Ebigbo, a Clinical Psychologist joined in 1978 and by dint of hard work and devotion to duty has risen to the rank of Professor. Mr. Okwaraji was employed as Lecturer II but has now earned promotion to Senior Lecturer. Rev. (Sr.) R. M. C. Muomah joined the department as Clinical Psychologist with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. She has now earned her Ph.D. Several secretarial staff have passed through the department at different times. The University and Hospital usually post them. Dr. A. O. Agomuoh, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Federal Neuropsychiatry Hospital, Enugu and
Dr. J. O. Onwukwe, Consultant Psychiatrist at the same hospital have been engaged as part-time/adjunct lecturers to help carry the load of teaching and clinical work.
At present, there is a 10 bed psychiatric ward at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu. A session of the College of Medicine Library houses several books donated to the department by Prof. Boroffka . There is a paucity of staff, offices and other facilities. However, recent renovations, supply of personal computers and air conditioning facilities have impacted positively on our working environment. While our clinical activities are carried out at the Federal Neuropsychiatry Hospital, and Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu, arrangements are being made by both the University and Hospital to address the issue of a better physical psychiatric presence at the new teaching hospital site.

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