Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) branch has suspended ten weeks strike embarked upon by the union on August 3rd , 2016 following some local and national issues that were in contention.
In a joint press briefing Thursday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, which was led by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof. Aaron Ojule, with other senior staff of the hospital and the leadership of the resident doctors, call for immediate resumption of duty by all staff of the hospital.
Prof. Ojule while addressing the press applauded the Minster of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, his counterpart Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the resident doctors and other medical elders who he said were instrumental in the resolution of the crises.
He said there has been a significant paradigm-shift in the funding and running of public hospitals in Nigeria, adding that public hospital including UPTH now rely heavily on internally generated revenue in order to sustain acceptable level of healthcare service delivery.
He appealed to well-meaning private citizens and corporate organizations such as the multi-national oil companies to come to the aid of the hospital through their corporate social responsibility to improve the infrastructure and services in the hospital.
He noted that the most concern of the hospital is the problem of mosquito infestation, stressing that the management is doing its best to control the scourge but lack the financial capacity to end afflict.
Prof. Ojule said: “We by this press briefing inform the general public that the issue in contention have been amicably resolved and normal healthcare delivery service would resume in this hospital from 8: am October 21, 2016. And we came out of these crises stronger than we were.
“Thing has been amplified by the current economic recession with associated inflation and fluctuation in the foreign exchange market. These factors have largely increased the cost of inputs in the delivery of healthcare services.
“In consideration of this challenging operating environment, management wishes to inform the general public of a possible marginal increase in the cost of service in the very near future in order to sustain good quality healthcare services.”