About Us


Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital, Birnin Kebbi is currently the only State- owned referral hospital in Kebbi State. It was established in 1952 by the then Native Authority (NA) under the initiative of the 17th Emir of Gwandu, Sir Yahaya Haliru Abdu. The hospital was commissioned on 13th December, 1952 as Birnin Kebbi General Hospital. In 1991, with the creation of Kebbi State, it was renamed Specialist Hospital Birnin Kebbi, and on 27th September, 1997 the name was changed by the State Executive Council to Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital in recognition of the role of the 17th Emir, Sir Yahaya Haliru Abdu in the establishment of the hospital.


Although in Government gazette the Hospital is usually included amongst boards and parastatals, the Hospital has no board members and is therefore governed by a Hospital Management Committee just like other general hospitals in the State as stipulated by the Health Services Management Edict of 1995. However, the only exception is that while Principal Medical Officers (PMOs) are appointed by the State Ministry of Health, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Hospital is appointed by His Excellency the Executive Governor upon recommendation by the Head of the State Civil Service. The Chief Medical Director is the Accounting Officer of the Hospital’s Recurrent Expenditures, while the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health accounts for the Capital Expenditures of the Hospital. A Director of Finance and Supply approved and posted to the Hospital by the State Accountant General assists the CMD. The Hospital is therefore is a self-accounting unit under the State Ministry of Health.
The Hospital is presently a 250 bed-capacity tertiary healthcare facility, serving a catchment population of over 4 million, covering Kebbi State and some neighbouring areas of Sokoto, Zamfara and Niger States. The Hospital is headed by the Chief Medical Director, and the day to day running is decided by the Hospital Management Committee ( which was established by Edict No.7 of 1995).The Committee has the Chief Medical Director as its chairman and the Hospital Secretary as the secretary. The other members include the Head of clinical services, the Director Nursing Services, Chief Pharmacist, Head of Medical Records Department and Head of Laboratory Department, Director of Finance and Supply and a representative of the Gwandu Emirate Council).
There are four main administrative departments:
1. Administrative Department which is headed by the Hospital Secretary. It has the Estate department, mortuary unit, hospital security guards and ambulances and other utility vehicles under it. The department also performs the Public relations function.

2. Clinical Services Department which is headed by the Head of Clinical Services includes the Clinical departments (Medicine, Surgery, O&G, Paediatrics, E.N.T., Dental and Ophthalmology) and the Services departments (Pharmacy, Medical records, Laboratory, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Library, TB/HIV/AIDS, NHIS).
3. Nursing Services Department which is headed by the Head of Nursing Services includes:
-all in-patient wards.
-nutrition/catering unit
-laundry unit
-Family Planning/MVA Unit
4. Finance department which is headed by the Director of Finance and Supply deals with:
-all finances including revenues,
-internal audit.
Different committees have also been created to assist the Hospital Management Committee in running various activities vital to the smooth running of the hospital. These are:
-Junior staff promotion committee
-Disciplinary committee
-DRF committee
-Staff-welfare committee
-Budget & Finance
-Committee on accommodation
-sewage and infection control
-Quality Improvement Committee
-Awards committee.


The Hospital has a total of 13 wards with a total bed Capacity of 250 (including labour room and A&E). The radiology has one large static x-ray machine and 2 small mobile ones. The Hospital has 2 functional mammography machines and 2 ultra sound machines. Six (6) dialysis machines are available and three chilling units.


The Hospital offers Diagnostic, Therapeutic and Preventive services. We conduct, and also participate in, different educational and research programmes.
1. Radiology – The Hospital has one static and two mobile x-ray machines; two functional mammography machines and three ultrasound machines.
2.Medical Laboratory – The Hospital’s medical laboratory has six distinct units – Chemical Pathology, Microbiology, Haematology, Virology, Parasitology and Histology. We offer basic and wide range of specialized laboratory investigations. Two Blood Banks are available. The Department has a resident consultant haematologist and four visiting consultants in haematology, chemical pathology and histopathology.

With the introduction of the visiting consultants’ programme since January 2011 the scope of therapeutic and surgical services being offered in the Hospital has remarkably improved.
1.Medicine –The department has three resident consultants (one of them on contract) and four visiting consultants in various medical specialties. The Hospital provides Direct Observation Treatment Strategy (DOTS) for patients suffering from tuberculosis, and has received several national awards for the management of people living with HIV/AIDS. Six dialysis machines are also available for salvage and chronic dialysis in people with renal failure.
2.Surgery –There are two resident consultant general surgeons, one resident urologist and four visiting consultants in various surgical specialties. A wide range of surgical operations are therefore available. An average of 96 major and minor surgeries are carried out monthly. Surgery fees are heavily subsidized, and are free for children under five years of age.
3.Paediatrics – Besides two medical officers the department has a visiting Professor of paediatrics and three visiting consultant paediatricians. The department is actively involved in sentinel surveys, malnutrition and immunization programmes.
4.Obstetrics & Gynaecology –The department has one resident consultants on contract appointment and two visiting consultants, assisted by a principal medical officer, three medical officers and a host of experienced nursing and midwifery staff. They carry out a wide range of surgeries, conduct antenatal, immunization and family planning programmes; conduct an average of 200 normal deliveries and 16 caesarian sections per month.
5.Dental Department:- The Department has a visiting consultant who assists the resident Chief Dental Officer and three junior dental officers. The Department has two dental Chairs, X-Ray machine and a trimming machine. A wide scope of dental surgeries is carried out.
6. ENT:- The Department has two visiting consultants who assists a Chief Medical Officer and three specialist ENT Nurses. They carry out ENT surgeries and attend to ENT out patients.
7. Ophthalmology (Eye) :- The Department has specialist Eye Nurses who are being assisted by four visiting consultants Ophthalmologists. They attend to out- patients and conduct minor ophthalmic surgeries (the scope is narrow due to lack of Opthalmic Microscope and functional slit lamp).
8. PHYSIOTHERAPHY:- This department is recently improved with basic working equipment and a locum specialist physiotherapist. He is assisted by four NYSC members.
9. Accident & Emergency:- The Department is opened 24 hours daily with doctors and Nurses running eight hour shifts to attend to emergency cases. All emergencies are accepted without any preconditions. There is a mini theatre and eight hospital beds. First aid care is free of charge.
10.NHIS:- The Hospital is NHIS accredited for both Primary (KB 0008) and Secondary (KB00011) care. Over three Thousand enrollees from different Health Management Organizations (HMOs) are attended to in a separate out- patient clinic.
11.Pharmacy:- The Department has a Chief Pharmacist who is assisted by two other Pharmacists and many pharmacy technicians. Due to the extinction of the State Government’s drug revolving fund, the Management of the Hospital has created an NHIS-DRF in order to ensure availability of genuine medical drugs and items to our clients.


1.MEDICAL RECORDS AND STATISTICS:- In recent times the medical records department is striving to conform with the new Health Information Management System (HIMS) introduced by the Federal Ministry of Health. This will ensure quality data collection and storage. The Hospital has also developed customized software for the Records, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Administration and Finance departments. Systematic training of all hospital staff began two years ago. Our vision is to ensure network sharing between different departments in order to avoid loss of data, and also reduce waiting time (for patients and for clinical decision making).Presently, an NGO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) which is USAID assisted, has already installed electronic medical record (EMR) system in the Hospital and conducting staff training.
2.Educational and Research Programes:- Lectures, clinical presentation and continuing/professional education all take place at Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital. The Hospital participated in polio sentinel research co-jointly organized by WHO and Federal Government in 2014 and is currently enlisted among the 40 centres selected to conduct malaria sentinel research in the Country. The Hospital also assists individual researchers from other institutions wishing to conduct part of their research work in our environment.
3.Hospital Library:- the Hospital Library is still at its tender stage but our staff still benefit from its humble books stock.
4.Amenity Wards:- a total of 47 rooms which are self contained-with a water closet, shower, Air conditioned, satellite TV and refrigerator are available for a token fee per night.
5.Ambulance Service:- The Hospital has two functional ambulances for patient referral purposes, and a mortuary van for the conveyance of the deceased(s).
6.Chilling Machines:- Three chilling machines are available for storage of corpses.
7.Kitchen /Laundry Services:- The kitchen serves three meals daily to all in-patients free of charge. However, only general menu is served. Individualized medical dishes (‘tables’) are not served. The laundry serves the Hospital’s needs only. Hospital linens and theatre out-fits are washed here.
8.Electricity Supply:- The Hospital maintains a 24 hour electricity supply with the help of PHCN grid (2 phases) and a 500KVA Mikano Generator set. Small back-up generators are also available (200KVA, 30KVA and petrol-fuelled smaller ones at strategic units).
9.Water Supply:- The Hospital is connected to the municipal water system. Three boreholes are also available.
10. NGOs:- besides the special exemptions given to poor patients the Hospital join hands with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)- hospital-based, national and international, in order to provide the needed services and assistance to our clients. Different local and international non-governmental organizations operate in the Hospital most prominent of which are:

Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

1. Muslim Health Workers Ummah (MUHEWU)– It was formed by health personnel who work in the Hospital for the purpose of assisting poor patients. It receives donations from individuals within and outside the Hospital, and is supported by the Hospital.
2 Free Drugs Organization – It was formed by individuals within and outside the Hospital in order to ensure transparency and prudence in the management of the State Government’s Free Drugs Programme.
3. Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) – It is a national association whose primary focus is educating the people on medical issues and rendering assistance to poor patients and medical personnel.
4. International Development Partners: Family Health International (Fhi), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Medicine San Frontiers.