Nestled in the serene capital city of Abia State, the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, stands as a beacon of hope and healing for residents of the region and beyond. Established to provide quality healthcare services, education, and research, this institution has become a cornerstone of the healthcare landscape in southeastern Nigeria.

The Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia was established in 1945. The hospital was formerly known as Queen Elizabeth Specialist Hospital, Umuahia, and was renamed to Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia in November 1991. It metamorphosed from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which was commissioned on March 24, 1956 by Sir Clement Pleas representing Queen Elizabeth the Second of England.

It started as a joint mission hospital administered by the Methodist, Anglican, and Presbyterian churches. Before its takeover by the Federal Government, it had first been taken over from the missions by the then Imo State Government under the then Military Governor, Navy Captain Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu (now A retired rear Admiral).

It was renamed Ramat Specialist Hospital in honor of the late slain Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed. During the first republic, under the administration of the late Chief Sam Mbakwe, Governor of the old Imo State, it reverted to its original name, Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It thus became the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, on its takeover in November 1991. It is the first FMC to be so recognized.

A Pillar of Healthcare Excellence

Since its inception, the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, has been committed to delivering comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to patients from diverse backgrounds. Equipped with modern facilities and staffed by skilled healthcare professionals, the center offers a wide range of medical services, including primary care, specialized treatments, and emergency interventions.

Specialized Medical Departments

At the heart of the FMC, Umuahia, are its specialized medical departments, each dedicated to addressing specific healthcare needs and conditions. These departments include:

  • Cardiology: Offering advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services for heart-related conditions, including cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, and cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: Providing comprehensive care for women’s health needs, including prenatal care, childbirth, gynecological surgeries, and infertility treatments.
  • Pediatrics: Catering to the healthcare needs of children, from infancy to adolescence, through preventive care, immunizations, treatment of childhood illnesses, and pediatric specialty services.
  • Orthopedics and Trauma: Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, including fractures, joint replacements, and sports injuries rehabilitation.
  • Clinicals

    • Accident & Emergency.
    • Family Medicine.
    • Community Health.
    • Laboratory.
    • NHIA.
    • Intensive Care Unit.

Commitment to Medical Education

In addition to its clinical services, the FMC, Umuahia, plays a vital role in medical education and training. Affiliated with reputable medical schools and training institutions, the center serves as a teaching hospital, providing hands-on learning experiences for medical students, interns, and resident doctors. Through its academic programs and continuing medical education initiatives, it contributes to the professional development of healthcare practitioners and fosters excellence in patient care.

Research and Innovation

Driven by a commitment to advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes, the FMC, Umuahia, actively engages in research and innovation. From clinical trials to epidemiological studies, researchers within the institution explore new treatment modalities, preventive strategies, and healthcare delivery models tailored to the needs of the local population.

Community Outreach and Health Promotion

Beyond its clinical and academic roles, the FMC, Umuahia, is deeply involved in community outreach and health promotion initiatives. Through health education campaigns, screenings, and preventive healthcare programs, the center strives to empower individuals and communities to take charge of their health and well-being. By collaborating with local stakeholders and community leaders, it addresses prevalent health challenges and promotes a culture of health and wellness.

As a flagship healthcare institution in southeastern Nigeria, the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, stands as a testament to the power of dedication, compassion, and innovation in healthcare delivery. With its unwavering commitment to excellence in clinical care, education, research, and community service, it continues to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families across the region.


The hospital covers an area of 77 acres of land, bounded on the south by the Nigerian prisons, Umuahia; east by Ndume Ibeku; North by Umuahia urban and west by the Afara clan.

Mission Of FMC, Umuahia

“As the foremost Federal Medical Centre, we provide specialized and comprehensive health care services to our clients, using modern equipment, training and research by highly skilled manpower, in a friendly environment.”