Bayelsa Government assures management, staff of NDUTH, Okolobiri, of its commitment to curb challenges

Bayelsa State Government has assured the management and staff of the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri, of its commitment to addressing challenges facing the hospital within limits of available resources.

Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, gave the assurance while granting audience to the Chief Medical Director and representatives of various medical and health unions of the hospital, at his office in Government House, Yenagoa.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo said the state government’s desire is to make all its hospitals and other healthcare facilities functional.
He said government had already set up a committee to look into the manpower and other pressing needs of all health facilities in the state.

Acknowledging the sacrifices being made by the Management and staff of the teaching hospital, the Deputy Governor, however, pointed out that government would not be able to tackle all the challenges confronting the health institution due to financial constraints.

He, therefore, constituted a four-man taskforce committee headed by the State Head of Service, Mrs. Biobelemoye Charles-Onyeama, to identify the immediate infrastructural needs of the hospital.

On the contentious issue of salary disparity in the health sector, Senator Ewhrudjakpo, explained that medical personnel were not supposed to draw both call duty and shift allowances at the same time, stressing it is also improper for health workers resident in the city to be drawing rural posting allowance.

Earlier, the Chief Medical Director, NDUTH, Okolobiri, Professor Dimie Ogoina, lamented that the hospital is suffering equipment, infrastructural and manpower deficit arising from retirements, resignations and the challenge of brain drain.