CMD Blames UPTH’s Problems On Work Load

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The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Prof Aaron Ojide has blamed the lapses often experienced by management of the hospital.

The CMD who spoke with newsmen in his office recently, said the hospital was primarily saddled with three key mandates of manpower training, health research and medical service delivery at tertiary level.

Ojule, said ailment like cough and catarrh are to be handled by the primary and secondary health delivery systems, but all are passed to over one reason or the other.

According to him, all cases to the tertiary hospital are meant to be strictly on reference from the general hospital to show how far they have handled it.

He said a consultant is suppose to see the average of 10 patients per day, saying they are giving more service than teaching.

On why the hospital stopped taking students on internship, he said laboratory operators did it to control what they described as quackery in the system.

The UPTH, CMD hinted that arrangements are on top gear to ensure that the situation is brought back to normalcy.

Concerning the recent strike action embarked upon by the laboratory department of the hospital over doctors attempt to Head the Department, he said they have been referred to the national level to find out among other things whether pathologist is to head them or not.

He noted that he is ready to receive any constructive criticism about the hospital or himself as it will spur him to action.

“Write about me when I am doing wrong, it will help me to correct myself, tell the truth, do not bring down an innocent person” he said.

He maintained that the hospital’s interest overrides any individuals own, hence all hands must be on deck in order to move the hospital forward.

Meanwhile, he has appealed with members of the Ikwerre Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (IMPAN) to project the image of UPTH as part of beneficiaries of the hospital as it is situated in Ikwerreland.