From Ekaete Ikubor
The management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has said that the hospital would begin transplant procedures in 2023.
The UPTH said it was its desire and dreams to transform the hospital to a five-star hospital in the region.
The management said the infrastructure for the transplant procedures and Cardiac Unit would be completed soon.
The chief medical director Dr Henry Arinze Ugboma stated this during the hospital Strategic Development Plan Implementation Workshop and Roll Out held in the hospital auditorium at Choba, Port Harcourt.
Ugboma said the amenity ward project had also been mapped out in its five year strategic plan, which began from June, 2021 to 2026.
He noted that the hospital was ready to begin the transplant procedures as arrangements had been concluded for its take off next year.
The chief medical director said as part of the commencement of the project, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited had donated $500,000 to support the hospital.
“Transplant procedures are an important area we need to invest, as a hospital, such will be beneficial to the hospital and the society,” he stressed.
He said, as part of its capital projects in 2022, the hospital would change its aesthetics and make the hospital more beautiful.
According to him, “We shall change the aesthetics of the hospital to attract investors and beautify the environment”.
On the problems faced by the hospital, Ugboma said workers’ poor attitude to duty was a great challenge to the management.
“Work ethics, relationship to patients and visitors are not encouraging and must improve for a better hospital,” the CMD added.
He also said that part of the plan was to build residential quarters for staff of the hospital to enhance efficiency and productivity.
Earlier, the board chairman, UPTH, Muktar Anka, appealed to the staff of the hospital to be diligent to duty and shun truancy.
Anka noted that a change in their attitude to work would enhance productivity and efficiency in the hospital, adding that idleness and truancy on duty promote bad attitudinal behaviour and would tarnish the corporate image of the organisation.