The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) was honoured to host the Institute of Health Service Administrators Nigeria for a 3-day National Conference/Workshop which ran from Tuesday 3rd September to Thursday 5th September 2019.
Conference Day 1:
Upon arrival on 3rd September 2019 (Conference Day 1), the team of administrators led by the national president of the institute, Dr. A. Oluboyede paid a courtesy call to the management of the hospital. In his speech, the National President said the institute has been in existence since 1967 when the organization was set up by Chief Deji Adewolu who is also the Chairman Board of Trustees of the organization. Dr. Oluboyede said the objective of the institute is to train members in current developments in health service administration all over the world. The workshop, he emphasized is for professional development and capacity building. In pursuit of this goal, two development workshops are held annually. For this year 2019, the first workshop held at Igbenedion University Teaching Hospital and the second at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.
Dr. Oluboyede also informed that UPTH is not new to the institute as she has previously hosted IHSAN development workshop and has also hosted the Institutes’ national conference. The president went further to say that members of IHSAN cut across hospitals in private sector, specialist hospitals, general hospitals, Federal Medical Centres, Hospital Management Board, and hospitals in the military and armed forces sector.
In response, the Chief Medical Director represented by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) Prof. Princewill Stanley said the hospital is excited to host such calibre of distinguished administrators. He appreciated the Director of Administration UPTH, Chief Akie O. Hart for having this calibre of men and women to visit UPTH at this time. According to him, “No man without an iota of administration can succeed as a family man.” Prof. Stanley made it clear that Directors of Administration are very important for the sustenance and life of institutions whether in health or education sector. Administrators are custodians of information and records must be kept. The CMD, however, encouraged the institute to fight for the common good and not for selfish interest. He promised that UPTH will assist in all that is needful in this developmental venture.
Thereafter, Dr. Ocheli Emmanuel, Deputy Chairman Advisory Committee (DCMAC) for Special Projects, Leakages and Research gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the CMD, Management, and staff of the hospital, while the CMAC, Prof. Princewill Stanley presented souvenirs to the visiting IHSAN members on behalf of the hospital administration.
Dr. A. Oluboyede, thanked the CMD and his management team for allowing the workshop to hold in UPTH and for the assistance rendered to the institute to ensure their comfortable stay while in Port Harcourt.
Conference Day 2 & 3:
The opening ceremony which began properly on the 4th of September saw the admission of new members/administrators into IHSAN fold. The brief ceremony was declared opened by the Chief Medical Director, Professor Henry A. Ugboma, represented by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Professor Princewill C. Stanley.
In his formal address, the CMD commended the professional administrators who graced the conference. Extolling the importance of Administration to health institutions like UPTH, the CMD said, “your choice of UPTH for this workshop couldn’t have come at a better time than now as it lays credence to my vision of having a workforce of highly competent and well-trained staff in the medical and the administrative profession.” He appreciated the Board of Trustees and the National Executives for the choice of UPTH as host for her 2019 National conference as he wished them a memorable and impactful academic deliberation during the period of their stay.
The Director of Administration UPTH, Mr. Akie O. Hart, who is the chief host of the conference, in his welcome address, expressed the readiness of his team with the support of management in hosting the BOT, National Executives and fellows of the Institute. He also mentioned the goodwill staff has enjoyed from the present management which had translated to a harmonious working relationship and productivity in the workforce of the hospital.
The BOT Chairman, Basorun D. Adewolu and National President of IHSAN, Dr. Atolani Oluboyede in their separate speech spoke on the pride of place the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital occupies in the country with her being a major branch of the institute—holding records of trained and erudite professionals like Ambassador E.T. Aworabhi, Mrs. Amaomu Jumbo and the present Director of Administration Mr. Akie Hart. The senior professionals appreciated the hospital management for creating an enabling environment for staff, and also for the hospitality IHSAN has enjoyed since their arrival.
The Nyewe Ali of Akpor kingdom, Eze A.A. Orlu-Oriebe (JP) was represented by Chief (Barr.) G.O. Agbaraosimini, who welcomed distinguished professionals of the institute to the kingdom, and conveyed his Royal Highness’ goodwill message. He also advised the institute to include in their workshop the development of Health Care particularly as it affects Akpor Kingdom being the host of this prestigious national conference.
This year’s IHSAN National Conference hosted by UPTH also featured the second-run of professional development workshop for administrators in the health sector, with participants drawn from the 36 states of the federation.
Story By: Ngozi Omojunikanbi & Olisa Owanate