The Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has expressed delight following the historic commencement of Orthoptics training course, the first of its kind in Africa. Chief Medical Director Professor Henry A. Ugboma expressed this while declaring open the orthoptic training course organized by the Department of Ophthalmology. Professor Ugboma promised Management’s full support towards the attainment of a centre of excellence status in Orthoptics subspecialty, charging the training team to explore more frontiers in order to broaden their reach, “I charge the opthamology department to expand their scope.” He described the feat as a significant milestone for him since the course is being undertaken during his tenure as Chief Medical Director of the Hospital.
Earlier, the Head Department of Ophthalmology Dr. (Mrs) Elizabeth Awoyesuku described the Orthoptics training course as a ground breaking event for UPTH as a tertiary training institution, being the first of its kind in Africa. The course coordinator Dr. (Mrs) Adedayo Adio, explained that the training has been structured for long-term of six months, as well as short-term of two weeks respectively, with resource persons coming from abroad to train the seven Orthoptics trainees already selected for the exercise.
Deputy Chairpersons Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Ocheli Emmanuel and Dr.(Mrs) Onyia while applauding the Ophthalmology department for blazing the trail and showcasing their assets, urged them to expand their reach. The event featured goodwill messages from the International Orthoptic Association, the body’s National Chapter as well as a guided tour of facilities already procured to compliment the Orthoptics work currently being undertaken by the hospital.

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