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Trusted hands, touching lives.


Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Calabar in one of 3 tertiary health facilities operated by the Nigerian Navy. It is a 100-bed, world class reference hospital located in the heart of Calabar, a scenic city in southern Nigeria. The hospital is equiped with cutting edge diagnostic and surgical equipement. NNRH Calabar was established in response to the need for expanded health services provision to personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the general civilian population. The hospital is also effectively manned by highly skilled medical and allied professionals hence its slogan "Trusted Hands, Touching Lives".

NNRH Calabar was established by NNO in 1982. It started as a 39 bed hosptials located on Old Secretariat Road in Calabar. The hospital has catered for the healthcare needs of Officers and Men within the Eastern Naval Command, their families as well as civilians within the general Calabar area.
With increasing population as well as growth in the number of Service personnel in the area, the old hospital has struggled to meet the attendant challenges due, in part, to a lack of space for expansion. To ameliorate these challenges, the Nigerian Navy embarked upon the task of completing the hitherto planned Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in Calabar.



NNRH Calabar was conceptualized in 1976 but construction work started in 1980. The initial contractors were Messrs Philips Export BV of Netherlands for the supply and installations of electrical and mechanical materials, medical equipment and furniture.The project was handed over to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in 1994, but construction work on the complex stopped sometime in 1995. 

Naval Headquarters formally got approval from the MOD in June 2012 to take over and complete the construction. Thereafter responsibility for the supervision of the construction was shifted from an initial Project Monitoring Team (PMT) which worked through direct labour to a contractor - Messrs ULO Consultants Ltd, who is being supervised by PIMED at NHQ.


The Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Calabar offers the highest quality healthcare services. The hospital is equipmed with modern diagnostic equipment which include Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine, digital X-Ray machines, Computerized Tomography machines among others. NNRH Calabar is poised to becoming a teaching hospital for House Officers and Resident Doctors. 
The hospital periodically conducts medical outreach programmes to communities within the Calabar general settlements as part of its corporate social responsibilities. Auspicious occations such as the World AIDS Day, World Malaria Day, among others, are used as opportunities to offer free medical services to the communities and raise awareness on relevant health issues.


Plot 1 Archbishop Archibong Archibong Avenue
Off Murtala Mohammed Highway
Calabar, Cross Rivers State


Phone: +234 80 RECEPTION 


+234 808 758 7456
+234 904 775 0091


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Ministry of Health  
Ministry of Defence
Nigerian Centre for Disease Control 

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