What is today known as Federal Medical Centre, Ebute – Metta, Lagos was established in 1964. It started out as a Department of Health Services in the Nigerian Railway Corporation. It was created exclusively to cater for the health needs of staff and their families.
Between 1967 and 1970 during the 30 month long Nigerian Civil War, the hospital served as an annex to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where wounded soldiers were treated.
The idea of commercializing the hospital was united in 1996 during the turnover of General Gumel as Transport Minister. Between 1996 and 2004, the hospital operated as a commercial business entity, even though it was still under the Nigerian Railway Corporation.
During the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Federal Government decided to divest itself of certain businesses through the process of privatization and the Nigeria Railway Hospital of the Nigerian Railway Corporation was among those government institution penciled in for privatization. This, hardly went down well with the staff of the hospital, who contended that, doing so would put the services of the hospital out of the reach of majority of the people, who needed it. Hence, an appeal was made to the Federal Government, through the then Transport Minister, Dr. Abiaye Sekibo, and the planned privatization was dropped.
On May 26th 2004, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the upgrading of the Nigerian Railway Hospital to a Federal Medical Centre. On 31st January 2005, the hospital was formally handed over to the Federal Ministry of Health as a Tertiary Healthcare Institution and designated as Federal Medical Centre, Ebute- Metta, Lagos with three-star rating by Servicom.
Dr. (Mrs.) N. E. Nwosu, who had been the Director, Health Services (DHS) of the hospital, when it was still under the Nigerian Railway Corporation, was appointed the Pioneer Medical Director of the hospital in 2004. She was succeeded in 2008 by Dr. M. Y. Jinadu, who served till October, 2016.
Since its transformation, the hospital has continued to grow and break new grounds. Now, there is a 200-bed complement, a Dialysis Centre, a new Accident and Emergency Unit, new GOPD, new Radiological and Laboratory Equipment, regular electricity supply and increased staff strength, with more interns. Of note too, is the accreditation of our hospital by West African College of Surgeons in June 2012.
Federal Medical Centre Ebute Metta is now truly a tertiary healthcare Institution.
To be a hospital that is able to fund developmental projects through increased revenues and partnerships to deliver quality, friendly, affordable services by high performing and motivated staff.
To sustain a dynamic and comprehensive health service delivery system that is effective, efficient and affordable in an atmosphere where staff are proud to serve and public, confident to use.
OUR CORE VALUES
- HIGH PROFESSIONALISM
- TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY
- FOCUS on PATIENT SATISFACTION
- SERVICE EXCELLENCE
- CLEANLINESS & NEATNESS in ALL AREAS of the HOSPITAL
- STAFF MOTIVATION & DEVELOPMENT
- EFFICIENCY in RESOURCE MANAGEMENT