MAKING UPTH A REGIONAL TERTIARY HEALTH HUB; THE RESUSCITATION OF ABANDONED CAPITAL PROJECTS.


The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is one of the 3rd generation teaching Hospitals established in 1980 as a result of the desire of the Federal Government to provide excellent medical services, manpower training and research in all the geopolitical zones of the country.
With this enormous responsibility on its shoulders, the institution has run this mandate with the vision, “To be a first-rate world-class Hospital”.

The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is the foremost tertiary health facility in Rivers state and is well positioned in manpower, innovations, partnerships, infrastructure to be the foremost regional health facility in the South-South geopolitical zone as established. But, for some years now the vision had come to a grinding halt due to the stagnation of infrastructural development. Several important capital projects were started and abandoned during this time.


With the coming of the Prof. Ugboma led administration in 2018, some of the abandoned projects have been given a new lease of life, completed and commissioned for use.


The rebranding and change of narrative led to the resuscitation of 2011 abandoned capital projects. This fresh impetus in projects delivery has led to the immediate commencement in this month, October of work on;


The Psychiatric building
The Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) building
The Kidney Dialysis &Transplantation Centre

The Psychiatric Building
Construction of this building was awarded to Adakosa Investment Company Ltd in 2011. But, due to paucity of funds the project was abandoned at 60% completion that same year. The project remained redundant for 8 years until in October 2019 when the ground breaking Chief Medical Director, Prof. Ugboma obtained approval and funds for the completion of the project. Work has started at breakneck speed to ensure 100% completion and commissioning of the project. Movement of personal, equipment and patients of the department to this new purpose built edifice is scheduled for late December 2019 and early 2020.


The ENT Building
E. J. Woruko Company Ltd was awarded contract for the construction of this building. The project kicked off in 2011, was built to 60% completion and abandoned that year. The project remained derelict for 8 years. In October 2019, the pursuit of excellence by Prof. Ugboma brought about the express release of funds for yet again another capital project. Work is going on in earnest on the project to deliver another purpose built infrastructure for the hospital by the end of the year and early 2020.


The Kidney Dialysis & Transplantation Centre
Construction of the kidney transplant block was awarded to Ecclesse Nig. Ltd. in 2011 and at 80% completion of civil works and 40% completion of electrical and mechanical installation was abandoned. Work has resumed on the site and completion is scheduled for late December 2019 and early 2020.


With the Regional Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Centre building which was awarded to Banex Nig. Ltd in 2011 and abandoned at 85% completion completed, commissioned and in use, earlier in the year, the completion, commissioning and use of the three specialized department buildings scheduled for late 2019 and early 2020 will further strengthen the medical services, manpower and research of the hospital clearly putting it on its way to realizing the founding dream of UPTH to be a regional tertiary health hub for the south-south geopolitical area.


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