The original department of surgery has undergone various changes since its inception in 1974. At inception all thematic units were housed in th esame department. Over time various departments have broke off from the original parent general surgery department. These include the departments of ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery and anaesthesia. It is the hope that in the not too distant future the unit of ear nose and throat (ENT) will also apply for separation as an independent department.
The unit of general surgery teaches both undergraduates and postgraduate Master of Medicine in general surgey students in addition to BDS and maxillofacila surgery students.