The Delta State Government has restated its commitment in ensuring that the purpose and objective of the State’s University Teaching Hospital as charted by its founding fathers are not compromised.
The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye stated this during a scheduled meeting in Oghara with Consultants in the employ of the Delta State Teaching Hospital, (DELSUTH) Oghara which was at the instance of the Governor, Senator Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa on ways to improve its provision of health care services.
Dr. Ononye stated that the Governor being a medical practitioner is passionate about the health sector which is his immediate constituency hence his directive that the meeting be convened to enable the Consultants as major stakeholders in the Institution look into the factors working against the smooth running of the hospital and proffer lasting solutions to same.
He stated that the Institution has an advantage of having appropriate man power such as senior Consultants and Professors which should be harnessed in order for it to be able to provide the expected health care services.
According to him “patients would always want to go to where they feel they can get best health care services. Personally I have been a beneficiary of the good skills that abound in this place and so for me issues that affect this Institution is taken seriously hence I never cease to preach anytime and anywhere that DELSUTH must not be allowed to die”.
On the state of infrastructure in the hospital Dr. Ononye disclosed that when he raised the issue of the renovation of the clinical building with His Excellency, the Governor, because of the importance he attached to health issues directed that a top notch construction firm handle the job and that was how North China Construction Company was engaged and added that government will continue to closely follow up with the contractor till the job is delivered.
Reacting to the issue of taxation of Doctors’ allowances by government he said “a Committee has been setup and given the mandate to do whatever is necessary and also comparable to what is obtainable in other Institutions that is right so that we do not put undue burden on our health workers” he stated.
The Commissioner assured the Consultants that the Okowa administration will do all within the available funds at its disposal to finance the training programmes as drawn by Management of the hospital to enable them get the requisite knowledge that will make them be abreast with contemporary world health practices.
He called on the Consultants and other stakeholders in the hospital to work in synergy with Management as this would enable them deliver on their mandate and also surmount whatever challenges that may beset the hospital.
“There is the need for all to show mutual respect for one another in the cause of carrying out yourresponsibility in the hospital. Leadership of the hospital should be opened to ideas from members of Staff while Consultants irrespective of status should also respect leadership and cooperate with them” the Commissioner advised.
He said that issues raised such as government taxation of doctors’ allowances, decaying infrastructure and equipment, staff welfare, decisions of Management which they feel should be revisited have been noted and assured them that they will be dispassionately looked into with the view to addressing themholistically.
The Commissioner however, expressed displeasure over the attitude of some Consultants to work which he described as unsatisfactory and asked those involved to turn a new leaf, give their best in training of doctors under them and advised them to make themselves available with the view to saving lives.
On his part, Dr. Onome Ogueh, Chief Medical Director, Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara thanked the Consultants for their patience since the relocation of the clinical building for renovation purpose and assured them that the inconveniences would end in a couple of days.
He called for the need for change of attitude towards patients on the part of the Consultants and advised them to show kindness when they relate with patientsas it is only on such basis that they would want to come back to seek medical care whenever the need arises.
Dr. Ogueh requested from the Commissioner that the hospital be allowed to participate in the Contribution Health Scheme as this would no doubt increase the patient load in the hospital since the creation of a maternity and free under- 5years section will shore up patient load.