Benue state teach­ing hos­pi­tal lacks ad­e­quate per­son­nel

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Hope Abah,Makurdi

Chief Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of the Benue State Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (BSUTH) in Makurdi, Prof. Orkurga Malu has lamented the acute short­age of skilled per­son­nel in the in­sti­tu­tion.

Malu told jour­nal­ists in Makurdi that the hos­pi­tal is in dire need of staff and fi­nance to live up to ex­pec­ta­tion as a teach­ing fa­cil­ity.

He said though the state gov­ern­ment should em­ploy more nurses, ad­min­is­tra­tion staff as well as pro­vide ad­e­quate fund­ing, the ma­jor chal­lenge re­mains get­ting the ser­vices of spe­cial­ized med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers in var­i­ous sec­tions of the hos­pi­tal.

The CMD ex­plained that skilled con­sul­tants are lack­ing in the coun­try but that the BSUTH man­age­ment is do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble with the co­op­er­a­tion of Gover­nor Sa­muel Or­tom’s led gov­ern­ment to get them.

Ac­cord­ing to him, he (Malu) is the only car­di­ol­o­gist in the fa­cil­ity and be­cause he has to com­bine ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties with his prac­tice, it has been chal­leng­ing un­til re­cently when the man­age­ment went into an agree­ment with a con­sul­tant he trained who now comes to at­tend to pa­tients from out­side the state on weekly ba­sis.

Malu ex­pressed hope that the next year’s bud­get would favour the hos­pi­tal to en­able it re­cruit fresh staff, pur­chase in­cin­er­a­tor, train more per­son­nel from across the coun­try and re­tain same to over­come the dearth of skilled prac­ti­tion­ers.

He said that apart from com­mon cases of malaria and di­a­horea in chil­dren treated in the hos­pi­tal, hep­ati­tis and hy­per­ten­sion are on the rise, while road ac­ci­dent is the lead­ing cause of death recorded in the fa­cil­ity.

The CMD there­fore in­sisted that the hos­pi­tal re­quires more skilled hands as a ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion in or­der to bring to an end, sit­u­a­tions where only one con­sul­tant in the en­tire state is avail­able to meet the need of pa­tients from all over Benue and be­yond.

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