COVID-19: Eze Congratulates Prof. Ugboma, UPTH Board And Hospital’s COVID-19 Committee

…Lauds committee for successfully delivering COVID-19 positive women of babies
…Declares Prof Ugboma a special blessing to humanity.

The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), under the leadership of Prof. Henry Ugboma, has continued to feature in reports of notable information dissemination platforms, including journals and periodicals that command wider circulation for good reasons, especially the commendable efforts the institution is making in containing the Covid-19 spread in the South-South region of Nigeria.

The ground breaking and outstanding records of the institution especially, in the fight against the novel Corona Virus has continued to awe naysayers while attracting sharp commendations from people of goodwill across board.

Reacting to the latest report of the successful delivery of babies to two Covid-19 Positive women at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, expressed warm pleasure over the development, describing it as one outstanding news that has greeted Nigerians amidst the spread and fight against the rampaging novel virus.

In a statement made available to media houses, Chief Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress quoted the Director of Administration and Secretary, Board of Management, UPTH, Deacon Akie Opuene Hart as making the revelation thus; “the management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital under the Vibrant, Dynamic, and Visionary leadership of the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Henry Arinze Ugboma and ably supported by a Star-Studded Management Board of Diverse professional callings under the Chairmanship of His Excellency, Alhaji Anka Murkthar Ahmed have scored another positive goal as UPTH Covid-19 Team Successfully Delivered Babies to Two Covid 19 Positive Women on Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th of July 2020.

The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital made Covid-19 history in Rivers State with these two successful deliveries

The Hospital’s Covid-19 team is made up of over 120 well trained and well-motivated Health professionals. These doctors, nurses, hygienists, laboratory scientists, paramedics and support staff worked tirelessly round the clock to use best practices and the Internationally and Nationally approved Protocol to successfully deliver these two women who are Covid-19 positive of their babies. The first delivery was a Spontaneous Vertex Delivery of a bouncing baby boy while the second was delivered by Elective Caesarian Section of a beautiful baby girl. Mothers and babies are doing well and are under the continuous management of the Covid-19 team.

This development is not a flash in the pan as the COVID 19 treatment and testing center of the hospital has admitted 80 patients and successfully discharged 47 of them with 11 currently on admission. The few deaths recorded have mostly arisen from late presentation to the hospital. The UPTH molecular laboratory has run over 1500 samples and serves the South-South states. The treatment center has been expanded with the opening of another treatment area for suspected cases in the hospital. This is to meet up with the expanding responsibilities arising from the increased demands on the existing facilities.

The present Board and Management have tremendously improved the quality and quantity of infrastructural facilities and placed a high premium on staff welfare. The 2020 promotions for junior and Senior Staff were conducted, released, and implemented in January and February.2020 which has never happened before and that is why the staff is putting in their best. It is the best efforts of the staff enabled and empowered by Board and Management support that is seen in the positive quantum leap in all areas of Service delivery”.

Consequently, Chief Eze urged state governments in the South-South, Corporate Organizations and people of goodwill to give all necessary supports to Prof. Ugboma to boost the institution’s service to the people of the region as they continue to lead in the fight against covid-19.

Eze described Prof Ugboma as a great blessing to humanity and congratulated him and his team of competent professionals for proven that with determination and commitment we can turn UPTH into a health tourism centre for the entire African countries. The party chieftain appealed to the hospital management to maintain the tempo, stressing that the institution under the the current CMD remains a premier health facility at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 in South-South region.

Similarly, the party stalwart congratulated the two nursing mothers and their babies and counselled them to continue to cooperate with health officials and religiously observe every regulation promulgated to curb the virus and prayed for for their speedy recovery and discharge from the facility soonest.