Professional Health Associations working in the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara have been charged to look inwards and come out with means on how to increase their internally generated revenue that will help contribute significantly to keeping the hospital functional.
The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Mordi Ononye gave the charge recently during the supervisory visit embarked upon by the Ministry to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area.
The Commissioner said the era when the hospital relies solely on government for its funding needs is over but they should think outside the box with the view to improving their internal generated revenue base.
Dr. Ononye cited what the Management of Central Hospital, Warri is doing to increase their internally generated revenue which has enabled them to put a lot of things in place on their own instead of going to government every now and then for financial assistance.
He added that another avenue available to Management to explore on how to enhance their revenue base is through the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement which will certainly usher in a win-win situation for both the hospital and the private sector (investors).
He urged Management to take advantage of its available pool of competent personnel and create the right environment which will attract private investors to come and invest in the hospital.
The Commissioner commended the Staff for their efforts despite the challenges being faced due to the on-going renovation work at the Clinical building which has reduced the hospital’s carrying capacity from 180 beds to 80 bed space currently.
On her part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji expressed displeasure over the notion concerning Consultants that when one becomes a Consultant, that it is the time to get rest by working less having paid ones dues.
She posited that we cannot allow this trend to continue as a lot is being expected from the Consultants. In her words ‘if our Consultants are not as available as we expect, it will affect the Residents who are filling in for them and this means that their teaching and training will be deficient because the interaction between the Consultants and the Residents is limited’.
Dr. Oseji said that part of the essence of the visit is to do a medical audit which will help ascertain the value and the amount of Consultant care being received by patients who patronize the hospital.
Responding, Dr. Onome Ogeuh, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara thanked the Commissioner and the Permanent Secretary for the visit, stating that the visit will enable them the opportunity to have a first-hand information of happenings in the hospital and know where and when to intervene as the need arises.
He said that the poor state of the Benin-Warri road and its resultant grid lock is making it difficult for Consultants who reside in Benin and Warri respectively to access the hospital and most of the time they have to leave the hospital premises early in order to navigate the traffic jam and get to their various homes in good time.
Dr. Ogueh used the medium to request that the college of Medicine be situated in the hospital premises as is obtained elsewhere adding that it would reduce to the barest minimum the situation where Consultants are not readily available as it ought to be.
During the visit, the Commissioner and his Team had separate fruitful meetings with the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, and Diaspora Doctors in the Teaching Hospital and also inspected the on-going renovation work at the Clinical building where he called for quality delivery of job in line with specifications given to the contractor.