University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, River State
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The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) is one of the 3rd generation Teaching Hospitals established by law in 1985 via Decree No. 10 of 1985, though it commenced operation in 1980. The mandates (statutory functions) of the hospital are:
- To train and develop health manpower for the country especially in the catchment population of the Niger Delta region.
- To provide and render specialized (tertiary) health services to the Nigerian populace.
- To engage in health and medical research for the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge and practice of medicine.
To perform these statutory functions the hospital requires the following
- Relevant specialized/skilled medical/health specialists and educators, well trained and skilled Nurses, Pharmacists and other paramedical staff as well as support staff
- Technology-based sophisticated medical equipment
- Appropriate physical infrastructure
- Adequate and sustained funding
- Sound managerial structure
From inception to date, the Federal Government has tried to provide these resources with some gaps.
The University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital is one of the major tertiary health institutions in the Oil-rich Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. It is the apex health institution in Port-Harcourt, which is the headquarters of the oil-industry and the second most industrialized city in Nigeria. As such, it caters for a large cosmopolitan population of indigenous and expatriate oil-sector employees, who are largely in the upper socio-economic strata and therefore require advanced modern medical care as obtainable elsewhere in developed countries.
This scenario places a great developmental burden on the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), which must therefore strive to meet international standards in all specialties and sub-specialties of medical care.
Failure to provide medical care of sufficient standard comparable to international best practices would result in much capital flight and wastage of our hard-earned foreign exchange for medical care abroad.
It becomes imperative, therefore, that the apex health institution in Rivers State, i.e. UPTH, must operate at standards comparable to the best centres internationally, as the private health sector is not yet in a position to meet these needs because of the heavy capital outlay involved.
This 5-Year Strategic Plan for the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital is therefore designed to meet most of these challenges.
To provide excellent medical services, manpower training and research, using a well-trained and well-motivated workforce and the best affordable modern technology, with a culture of courtesy, humaneness and patient-friendliness.
To be a first-rate, world-class hospital
We have carefully streamlined our objectives into the following;
To provide excellent, world-class medical services.
To be the preferred choice of patients and general practitioners for referral of patients for specialist healthcare.
To create a conducive environment for the provision of first-rate, world-class medical services, manpower training and research.
To encourage a culture of collaboration in the delivery of healthcare services with all relevant stakeholders.