The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, was founded in 1992 as a component of Abakaliki campus of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT). It was established to train the much needed medical and paramedical manpower in the then Enugu State which comprised the present Ebonyi State among other areas. Following the creation of Ebonyi State in October 1996, the Abakaliki Campus of ESUT was inherited by Ebonyi State. In 1999, Ebonyi State Government enacted a law establishing the University. The Faculty was indeed among the pioneer faculties at the inception of the Ebonyi State University as a full-fledged University. The Faculty in conjunction with the sister faculty of Clinical Medicine got accredited in May 1998 by the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council (NM&DC). This was followed by the 1st successful NUC accreditation in, April 2002. Suffice it to say that this faculty was initially saddled with the responsibility of preparing students for clinical studies in the Faculty of Clinical Medicine of the University. Invariably, the faculty does not graduate MBBS students. However, in 2006 the Faculty introduced Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Master of Sciences (M.Sc) and Ph.D. degree programmes in Anatomy and Physiology departments. The B.Sc programme of Anatomy department got interim accreditation by the NUC in June, 2011 and has produced the first set of graduates. So far, the faculty has successfully conducted a total of fifteen 2nd MBBS Professional Examinations. Thus the faculty has turned out fifteen sets of students to the Clinical Faculty since inception. The faculty constitutes of three complementary departments viz; Anatomy. Physiology and Medical Biochemistry. It is pertinent to mention here that these departments complement the efforts of one another to prepare MBBS students for Clinical Studies. So far the administrative leadership of the Faculty has been piloted by a series of Deans. Prof. M.U.K. Mgbodile was the pioneer Dean of the Faculty from 1992 – 1998. He was succeeded by Prof. C.O. Diribe, 1998 – 2004. Prof A.O.C. Akpa held the position between 2004 – 2008 and was succeeded by Prof G.C. Ezeilo in August 2008 – April 2009. In April 2009, Prof. S.O. Elom took over the leadership of the Faculty till date.
To offer sound basic scientific knowledge to preclinical and paramedical students with a view to producing high quality and employable graduates with high competence and entrepreneurial Skills.
To prepare preclinical and premedical students to understand the basic medical sciences – Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry and Physiology.
To complement the efforts of the clinical faculty in training doctors with a sound scientific knowledge of medicine and medical practices.
To produce high quality graduates in Anatomy
To produce high quality postgraduates with M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry and Physiology.
The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences provided the scientific foundations for the study of the functions and structure of the living human body and the chemical reactions within the living cells. This knowledge is required for the understanding of the effects of damage to the body caused by diseases (in the training of doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, dentists and in need all allied health programmes. Research activities, basic or applied are encouraged and postgraduate training has started in Physiology and Anatomy and is being planned for Medical Biochemistry. These activities are intended to strengthen the academic background of the pre-clinical teachers and solve the perennial problem of staff shortage in these areas.