It was a harvest of visits from foreign universities to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital as the visit last week by the team from the University of Pittsburgh, was swiftly followed on Monday, 20th January 2020 by the visit of a combined delegation from John Hopkins University and the International Community of Red Cross Society (ICRC).
The University of Pittsburgh team visited UPTH for collaboration on the establishment of a Global Institute for Research and Technology in Nigeria (this initiative would be a launch pad for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals in the country). Similarly, the John Hopkins and ICRC delegation visited Nigeria as one of the three countries (Nigeria, Brazil and Pakistan) where they are to conduct a research on Emergency Response.
Receiving the team on behalf of the hospital management and the Chief Medical Director, Prof Henry Ugboma, the Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (DCMAC Linkages and Special Duties), Dr. Emmanuel Ocheli thanked the visitors for their choice of Nigeria, and particularly for coming to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in the South-South region of the country.
He went further to observe that the primary purpose of the visit was to get firsthand information despite the chaos and insecurity that is taking place all around the world and assured the team of UPTH’s readiness to support them in whatever capacity that would enable them to fulfill their goal.
In his response, Prof. Junaid Razak, the leader of the delegation thanked Management for the warmth and hospitable reception so far given to them. He assured Management that he and his team were not here to judge Nigeria’s system of responding to emergencies; rather it was to learn from it and to build mutual capacities through the sharing of experiences on both sides since Nigeria was just one among the three countries that they are carrying out their study on human capacity development.
The Director of Administration, Amasenibo (Deacon) Akie Opuene Hart also thanked the team for coming to the Hospital and further restated the Management’s readiness to provide optimum collaborative support within the limits of available resources.
Dr. Richard Oko-Jaja , the Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (DCMAC Due Process) took the vote of thanks on behalf of Management and appreciated the team of experts for coming all the way from across the Atlantic to visit Nigeria. He acknowledged that the timely visit would help measure the tools put in place for responding to Emergencies as this was a wake-up call to check our facilities and to improve on what is on ground.
Event Covered by: Singerr Johnny Emeka.