Welcome to Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department


The Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife offers quality anaesthetic and intensive care services to a wide variety of patients. There are four Consultant Physician Anaesthetists working with Resident doctors, nurse anaesthetists and Intensive Care nurses. The Department provides care for over 5,000 patients each year. The Department has been in the forefront of providing Anaesthesia for complex surgical cases since 2001. Our modest achievements over the years include provision of anaesthesia and critical care for:

  • Provision of Anaesthesia for Renal Transplantation since 2002.
  • Provision of Anaesthesia for Paediatric patients.
  • Provision of Anaesthesia for Cochlear Implant in Deaf patients
  • Provision of Anaesthesia for Neurosurgery
  • Dedicated Ambulatory Surgery Services
  • Pre-Anaesthetic Clinics


  • Prof A. F. Faponle - BSc, MBChB, DA, FWACS, FMCA, Cert (Cardiac Anaesth), Cert Pall. Care
  • Dr A. T. Adenekan - MBBS, DA, FWACS, Cert (Cardiac Anaesthesia)
  • Dr S.O.A. Olateju - MBChB, MPH, DA, FMCA
  • •Dr A. M. Owojuyigbe - MBBS, DA, FMCA


Specialized services provided by the Department include:

  • Provision of specialized anaesthesia for all surgical subspecialties including:
    • General Surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Paediatric surgery
    • Urology and Renal transplantation Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic) Surgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Otorhinolaryngology
    • Burns and Plastics surgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
    • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Provision of anaesthetic services for Obstetrics and Gynaecological surgeries
  • Ambulatory Anaesthesia service at the dedicated Daycase theater
  • Anaesthesia for modified ECT
  • Monitored Anaesthetic Care for radiological studies (CT scan and MRI suites)
  • Critical Care Services
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Pre-anaesthetic patient evaluation
  • Acute and Post-operative Pain management
  • Chronic and Cancer pain management
  • Regional blocks


Physician anaesthetists run an anaesthesia clinic daily between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm at the main unit of the Hospital for both in and out patients. Appointments with Consultant Anaesthetists are scheduled upon the request of other specialist doctors.


The Department is fully accredited for training in Anaesthesia. We provide training for one (1) year Postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthesia and the 4 year Residency Training programme for Fellowship qualification in Anaesthesia. Resident doctors in Surgery, Obstetrics and gynaecology, and Dentistry in the Hospital and other institutions also come for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care posting in the Department in preparation for the Part I examination of the Postgraduate colleges.


Academic activities in the Department include:

  • Weekly Departmental seminars
  • Weekly Basic Sciences Lectures for Residents preparing for Part l Examinations
  • Intensive Tutorials for Residents preparing for Part l Examinations
  • Monthly Journal Club meetings
  • Quarterly morbidity/mortality review
  • Intensive Care Seminars


The Department organizes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) workshops for staff and students of the hospital and other bodies with the aim of saving lives and improving quality of health care services in our immediate environment and the nation at large.


Physician Anaesthetists in the Department are actively involved in research work. The department supports a wide range of clinical research projects with a view to improving the quality of care of our patients. Funding is from both public and private sources.