DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY
The department came in to being in 1999 when the then Federal Medical Centre Gombe (now Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe) was commissioned. Four members of staff (one Medical Laboratory Scientist and three Laboratory Attendants) started the department.
In the year 2010, a resident Doctor employed in to the department was sent to the University College Hospital Ibadan for postgraduate training in Medical Microbiology. He graduated in November 2014 and was appointed as consultant Medical Microbiologist by the hospital. With the conversion of the hospital in to a teaching hospital in the year 2014, the department is now both academic and clinical with a common head for both sides. In October 2016, the first set of Medical Students were registered and department had so far successfully conducted examinations (main and resit) for two academic sessions in the university.
The department also now has a partial accreditation by the NPMCN for postgraduate (residency) training in medical microbiology in addition to internship and other trainings for medical laboratory scientists, technicians, students and any relevant specialty.
Developing nations continues to bear the highest burden of infectious diseases affecting humans. Clinical Microbiology is at the centre of all infections and strengthening it is necessary in any meaningful fight against infectious agents in all specialties at all levels.