Department of Chemical Pathology

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

About Us

The Department was established in 1968 when the authorities of Ahmadu Bello University took over the State General Hospital, Zaria to serve as the nucleus for the Teaching Hospital. The Pathology department of the then Hospital also served as the nucleus of the present Laboratory medicine services. The first Head of Department at the takeover was Fredric Nicholson, a Professor of Chemical Pathology from Canada. He was also the first Dean of Faculty of Medicine of this University. Nicholas left in 1970 and Alan F. Fleming, a Professor of Haematology, acted briefly as Head of Pathology Unit until George Edington, a Professor of Pathology arrived to take over as substantive Head of Pathology services. From the year 1969-1970, the Pathology Department was re-organized into separate divisions of Chemical Pathology, Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Histopathology (Morbid Anatomy) and Medical Microbiology and Parasitology

  1. To offer comprehensive laboratory and clinical services in an environment where innovation and teaching are integrated to care; where we are proud and happy to serve everybody; where meeting the challenge of complex medical and laboratory needs are viewed as a defining competency; and where quality and safety are constant.
  2. To improve peoples’ lives through excellence in the science and art of healthcare; by providing second to none diagnostic and laboratory services.
  3. To provide access to the highest quality laboratory and healthcare services in general, at a competitive price in a supportive and caring environment.
  4. To improve health of the community through cooperation with other care givers, to provide quality healthcare and laboratory services that is integrated, accessible, affordable and appropriate to the community and patients’ needs.

  1. A Laboratory recognised by patients and physicians for excellence and compassion in serviced and care.
  2. To become a Laboratory where various professionals would want to work, where everybody recognizes and most importantly, where patients would want to go when they need laboratory and clinical services.
  3. To recruit, train and re-train high skilled professionals capable of providing prompt clinical and laboratory services and most importantly, conduct sensible, skilful, innovative and competent scientific and clinical research.
  4. To be recognised as leader in training, research and provision of accessible and reliable clinical and laboratory services.
  5. To be known as innovative laboratory, looking for a better way to provide services and meeting the community need.
  6. To pursue breakthrough Laboratory services; clinical advancements and practices to deliver superior clinical outcome.