UPTH CMD Debunk Claims of Multiple Infant Mortality

Giving clarity on the state of affairs in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor Henry Ugboma assures the public that the hospital remains a place where lives are saved.

Addressing members of the press in Port Harcourt Rivers State, at the UPTH boardroom, the CMD said the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is a tertiary health institution and it receives referrals for expert management of various difficult and complex medical and surgical cases from Rivers State and beyond.

Expressing worry over the false report of the death of 14 babies in UPTH without appropriate verification and investigation from the right authorities, the CMD said such reports are capable of tarnishing the reputation of the hospital. He also cautions that politics should not be mixed with the medical profession.

While acknowledging the fact that the hospital is faced with challenges especially in the area of electricity generation, he however maintained that the hospital has generator sets in sensitive areas. And the Special Care Baby Unit( SCBU)  is one of such sensitive areas.

Prof. Henry Ugboma CMD, UPTH (speaking) & Prof. Lucky Onotai CMAC, UPTH

He urged journalists to partner with the hospital to encourage multinationals and well-meaning organizations to support the hospital as part of their corporate social responsibility. This call is necessary because of the huge financial demands needed to run the hospital and cope with waivers for indigent patients who cannot afford to pay their medical bills.

Fielding questions from journalists present during the briefing, the CMD reiterated that reports such as that of the death of 14 babies are capable of discouraging those who are sick from seeking proper medical care in the right facility where professionals abound.

On the issue of mosquito infestation, the CMD says the hospital is located in a swampy area and over the years, management has embarked on quarterly fumigation to combat the mosquito challenge.

Journalists were taken round the hospital for a tour of the hospital facility, so they could have firsthand information about the state of the hospital.

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