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UPTH TARGETS EXCELLENCE

The Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting endeavors geared towards capacity building and the attainment of center of excellence status. Chief medical Director Professor Henry A. A. Ugboma gave the assurance while declaring open, a one-day conference on cryptococcal screening & treatment in the setting of HIV infection.
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Professor Ugboma who described the training session as very enlightening on account of the knowledge gained, promised to ensure other Departments take a cue from the conference.
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Earlier Professor Obunge explained that the conference is a collaborative effort between the teaching hospital, the College of Health Science, Nigeria Medical Association, and the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria. Professor Obunge explained the rational for hosting the conference is because of the high prevalence of HIV  infection in Rivers State.
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NEEDS ASSESSMENT: FG TEAM VISITS UPTH

The Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for embarking on an assessment of the critical needs of the hospital.
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Chief Medical Director Professor Henry A. A. Ugboma gave the commendation when he received an eight-person delegation comprising representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health, GE Corporation and CPL Medical group. Professor Ugboma who bemoaned the deplorable state of facilities and equipments used for rendering medical services to members of the public, however expressed hope that the outcome of the needs assessment exercise will yield positive results in the area of healthcare service delivery.
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Earlier, the team leader explained in details the nature and components of their assignment, including the status of equipments available, those not available, as well as interactive sessions with the various departments. The team later undertook a guided tour of the various departments accompanied by the two Deputy Chairmen of the Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Ochell Emmanuel and Dr. Richard Oko-Jaja respectively.
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ORTHOPTICS TRAINING: UPTH RECORDS MILESTONE

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 ophthalmology 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.

CMAC LAUDS SURGICAL EYE EXPEDITION

The Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has commended the collaborative efforts of the Department of Ophthalmology and U.S. Based Surgical Eye Expedition for their free cataract surgery for members of the public. Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee Professor Stanley Princewill gave the commendation when he stood in for the chief Medical Director to receive the three-person Surgical Eye Expedition team from U.S.A.
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Professor Princewill who described the eye as “the dignity of humanity”expressed gratitude to the U.S team, noting that such collaboration will boost the capacity of local staff involved in the exercise. Earlier, the Head of Department Ophthalmology Dr. (Mrs) Elizabeth Awoyesuku applauded the S.E.E team for the support toward the free cataract surgery. Dr. Awoyesuku also commended the quality of consumable brought by the U.S team, assuring that the collaboration will bring about excellent service delivery by personnel of the department. After the brief welcoming formalities, the Acting Chairman MAC Professor Stanley accompanied by the expatriates as well as, Senior Personnel later visited eye theatre. Amongst those who witnessed the brief reception were Deputy Chairman MAC Dr. Ocheli Emmanuel, Ag Director of Administration Mr. Akie Hart, Staff as well as some members of the Lions Club, who are collaborating in the humanitarian exercise.
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ACTING D.A. MEETS STAFF

Staff of the Department of Administration have been called upon to cultivate good work ethnics in the conduct of their official duties and related matters. Acting Director of Administration Akie Hart made the appeal during on a routine meeting with all personnel working in the Department of Administration from across the hospital.
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Mr. Hart urged Admin Personnel to embrace the virtues of Love, unity and dignity, and make them their guiding principles, assuring that hard work and honesty will receive due reward. He promised to ensure that every staff enjoys the Freedom of Expression and Association, warning that divisive tendencies will not be tolerated; just as the present administration’s zero tolerance for corruption will be sustained.
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The interactive session received applause from all present, as the forum created an opportunity for them to express their feelings, make useful suggestions as well as facilitate a stronger level of bonding that will bring about cohesion amongst Admin Staff. A draft communiqué covering a range of issues agreed upon during the forum was subsequently submitted to all staff after being sent to the CMD. This is the first time an initiative of this nature is being embarked upon in the Department of Administration.
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UPTH, ALUU COMMUNITY FORGE CLOSER TIES

The Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has promised to take steps towards ensuring improved cordial relationship with the three communities that make up Aluu Clan. Chief Medical Director Professor Henry A. A. Ugboma made the promise when he led a high powered delegation of Management on a courtesy visit to the Aluu Council of Chiefs.
Professor Ugboma assured that host Communities including Aluu, will be given special consideration when the next replacement exercise gets underway, while Paramount Rulers of the three communities will receive free medical care and efforts made to engage relevant authorities to look into ways of repairing internal roads that are in a very deplorable state. He however frowned at illegal occupants of the Hospital’s properties within Aluu Community, hoping that through ongoing collaborative efforts with members of the Aluu CDC, such matters will eventually be resolved. Earlier, spokesperson of the council of chiefs Chief Collins Amadi commended the Professor Ugboma led administration for embarking on the restoration of the hospital’s lost Glory.
Chief Collins also appealed to Management to consider posting additional nurses and provision of backup power supply to the Primary Health centre within the community.
Among the Management team’s delegation were the Chairmen Medical Advising Committee Professor Princewill Stanley, Deputy Chairperson MAC Dr. Ochelli Emmanuel, Dr. (Mrs) Onyia, Dr. Richard Oko-Jaja, Mrs. Boma Tom-Manuel, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Kem Daniel-Elcbiga, Dr Ajuru Gospel, Mr. Obah, Mr Ejike Otonna amongst others. The visit to Aluu Host community is the first by the CMD and his Management team, as he had earlier paid a similar visit to Alakahia community soon after his assumption of office.

CMD MEETS ENT DEPT.

Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is to look into request made by the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) in order to boost their level of service delivery. Chief Medical Director Professor Henry A. A. Ugboma made the promise when he met with the staff of the ENT Department to familiarize himself with the workings and personnel of the department. Professor Ugboma who promised to ensure full accreditation in the next exercise, however tasked staff to embark on early preparations, while request for additional nursing personnel will be addressed.
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He promised Management’s support towards the successful hosting of the next Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON) 26th26th Conference billed to hold in November. Earlier, the Head of Department Dr. Onotai explained the challenges confronting service delivery including lack of equipments and the resultant loss of accreditation. Dr, Onotai however assured that the department is capable of generating a reasonable level of revenue for the hospital if needed personal and equipments are in place. Similarly, the senior member of the delegation Professor Dalili Tariah, disclosed that ENT department has been doing well in the area of training.
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He however called for adequate capital investments due to tech equipments required, adding that such a move will go a long way in boosting the chances of earning accreditation points due to the scores attached to such equipment where found.

HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT HOSTS ACCREDITATION

The Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has promised to ensure that its School of Health Information Management is well positioned to deliver on its mandate of manpower training. Chief Medical Director Professor Henry A. A. Ugboma made the promise while receiving a delegation from the National Board of Technical Education, who were on an Accreditation visit to the school of Health Information Management. Professor Ugboma assured the accreditation team that Management will look critically into issues of concern and addressed such accordingly. He however blamed inadequate funding and competing needs, as major challenges confronting the hospital’s quest for quality healthcare delivery services. Earlier, the leader of the accreditation team Barrister Nwami O. B. Jerry explained that accreditation exercise arc for the good of the institution and those the train because the quality of facilities and those they train reflects in the way and manner they respond to challenges. Barrister Jerry also disclosed that the findings of the team will be disconnected in a final report for onward submission to the board. The coordinator of the school Mrs. Patience Amadi later conducted the team on a tour of the various arms that make up the school alongside other officials. Amongst the Management team were the Acting Director of Administration the three Deputies of the Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Ocheli, Dr. Oko JaJa and Dr.(Mrs) Onyia.

BOARD HOLDS INAUGURAL MEETING

The Board of Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital which was recently constituted by the Federal Government has held its Inaugural (106th) meeting Chairman of the board his Excellency Muktar Ahmed Anka, who presided over the meeting, later joined his colleagues for an interactive session with Heads of Departments and Units, as well as professional association and workers union. Muktar Ahmed Anka in his opening remarks expressed the board’s appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality accorded them within the period of their stay and tour of the hospital. He called for cooperation between Management and Staff in other to restore the fortunes of the hospital, “I assure you that the board will do its best to cooperate with the unions and management to push the hospital’s cases with the ministry of health and other organizations that will help restore UPTH to its glory days”. The Chief Medical Director Professor Henry A. A. Ugboma, had earlier conducted the board members on a guided tour of the undeveloped portions of land being encroached upon, House Officers Quarters, Guest House, the Power Plant as well as the Mortuary Complex.

UPTH, NMA PLEDGE COOPERATION

The Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has promised greater cooperation with the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). Chief Medical Director Professor Henry A. A. Ugboma gave the promise when he played host to a seven-person delegation of the newly elected state executive of the NMA, who were on a courtesy visit to the hospital. Professor Ugboma while congratulating the new executive on their electoral victory, commended the composition and character of the new state exco. He listed out the some achievements of his Management team including steady power supply, greater investment in staff training, resuscitation of incinerator, better functioning I.C.U, as well as the liquidation of debts owed by the Pharmacy Department. Earlier, the state NMA Chairman Dr.(Mrs) Adedeji Obelebra, while thanking the UPTH Management for the opportunity to meet and interact, listed out some areas  of possible cooperation. Dr.(Mrs) Obelebra who led the six-person state executive, solicited the Management’s support and assistance towards the hosting of the forthcoming National Doctors Sports Festival Billed for 2020. Members of Management present during the visit include Chairman Medical Advisory Committee Professor Stanley Princewill, Acting Director of Administration Mr. Akie Hart, Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Ocheli Emmanuel and Dr. (Mrs) Onyia, Deputy Director of Account Mr. Paul Okpalo, Assistant Director Nursing Services Mrs. Patricia Gad Harry, Assistant Director of Pharmacy Mrs. Victoria Uku as well as members of Hospital Management Committee (HMC).

KALABARI GROUP MAKES DONATION

The Management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching have appealed to philanthropist, Non-Governmental organisation, faith-based groups as well as meaning individuals to extended their hands of fellowship to towards addressing the hospital’s areas of needs. Chief Medical Director Prof. Henry A. A. Ugboma made the appeal when he played host to a four-person delegation from U.S –based Kalabari National Association who came to make donations to the hospital. Prof. Ugboma while receiving the donations on behalf of Management, expressed gratitude for the act of benevolence by the U.S based group. He urged similar groups elsewhere to borrow a leaf and support government healthcare institutions by complementing their public service efforts. The CMD assured the donors that the items will be judiciously used to serve members of the public especially the indigent ones. Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Dr. Sobomabo Lawson explained that their donation was on humanitarian grounds, because it is targeted at public health institutions and the less privilege members of the society. Dr. Lawson, who commended the Prof. Ugboma-led Management for their commitment to service delivery, disclosed that the items donated included drugs, medical supplies as well as syringes. The Delegation which comprised of Dr. (Mrs.) Lawson, Mrs. Sukie Abiye-Suku and Mrs. Catherine Soberekon was accompanied on the tour by Prof. Princewill Stanley, Dr. Ochelli Emmanuel and Dr. (Mrs.) Onyia.

CMD ASSURES AKPOR KINGDOM

The people of Akpor Kingdom Host to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital have been assured of better and improved relationship by the Management of the Teaching Hospital. Chief Medical Director Prof. Henry A. A. Ugboma gave the assurance when he led some members of his Management team on a courtesy visit to the Nyeweali Akpor, the Traditional Ruler of Akpor Kingdom his Highness Justice Orlu Oriebe at his palace. Prof. Ugboma said the visit is to felicilitate with the Akpor Monarch, as well as to familiarize the host community with the new Management team led by him. He thanked the Akpor Kingdom for their Hospitality and cooperative disposition, promising that Management will do all within its power to build upon the existing cordial relationship between it and the teaching hospital, especially in the areas of employments, contract awards as prescribed by law. Receiving the delegation in his palace, the Akpor Monarch His Highness Justus Orlu Oriebe tasked new Management team led by Prof. Ugboma to do everything towards improving the level and quality of relationship between the Hospital and the Akpor host community. The Akpor Monarch used the visit to assure the CMD and his delegation that he will use his office as traditional ruler to sustain the hospitality and peaceful disposition of his people. He charged the new Management team to seek ways and explore avenues towards improving on the quality of healthcare service delivery, in order to restore the fortunes of the Teaching Hospital. Chairman Medical Advisory Committee Professor Princewill Stanley in a brief vote of thanks, expressed Management’s gratitude for the warm reception and valuable advice. He assured that Management will always consult the monarch when taking certain critical decisions that concern issues of host communities. The delegation comprised of Dr. Ocheli Emmanuel, Dr. (Mrs.) Onyia, Dr. Richard Oko-Jaja, Mr. Akie Hart, Mrs. Pat Akor, Dr. Ajuru Gospel, Mr. Kem Daniel-Elebiga and Mr. Obah.

CMD LAUDS ROTARY CLUB

The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has lauded information humanitarian organization the rotary international for its immense contribution in the area of humanitarian service. Chief Medical Director Professor Henry Ugboma gave the commendation when he undertook a tree-planting exercise with representative of the Rotary Club Choba district 9141. Professor Ugboma expressed Management’s appreciation for the choice of the Teaching Hospital for the tree-planting campaign. He also expressed optimism that the hospital community will embrace the culture of tree-planting as a way of enhancing the environment. Leader of the Rotary team Mr. Chukwuemeka Abali commended the Management of the Teaching Hospital for the opportunity to contribute in making for a healthier environment. Highpoint of the brief ceremony was the planting of a tree by the Chief Medical Director Professor Henry Ugboma.
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