Uzodinma In Shock Over Report On IMSUTH Orlu
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Looking at Governor Hope Uzodinma's face after he listened to a summation of the damning report by the Visitation Panel on the state of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital in Orlu, one could see he was not a happy man.
A hardcopy of the report was also presented to him by Prof. Frank Akpuaka who chaired the panel at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Council Chambers.
Uzodinma thanked all the members of the panel for a job well done, noting that their recommendations will help in improving the rot in the health sector because as he put it: “If IMSUTH is sick, then the entire Health system of Imo State is sick.”
He further commended the panel for identifying all the critical areas that the government needs to look into and assured all that the report will be put to good use.
The Governor further marvelled how IMSUTH which is an institution that was positioned to be self-sustaining and provide effective healthcare services to the entire state and beyond if properly managed could only generate N15m-N20m per month and yet be saddled with a wage bill of N148m a month.
He further regretted the loss of accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC), which has resulted in the non-admission of medical students for the past four years.
As previously stated, he promised to review and implement as many of the sweeping recommendations from the panel that include the computerisation of the Pharmacy Unit, improvement of the Pathology Unit, better supply of electricity, provision of three more boreholes, resuscitation of the library section to an e-library, completion of the Amphitheatre, and financial autonomy for the institution.
The panel also suggested a thorough Staff audit to reduce the number of ghost-workers which they feared have been embedded in the hospital's workforce.