Chief Medical Director of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Dr. Orkughga Malu, has decried shortage of staff which he said is posing a major challenge in their effort to provide effective healthcare delivery.
Malu in an interview with newsmen in his office yesterday noted that the shortage of staff in the institution is what usually results to delay in attending to patients some of whom atimes need urgent attention.
He said though the lack of personnel cut across all sections in the hospital including even the lowest cadre like cleaners and porters, it is more in some specialised areas. “Our major challenge in the teaching hospital is that of personnel.
We do not have specialists in many areas and for this reason we employ the services of those from outside but they are not always available to attend to patients since they only visit,” he said. Malu however, noted that in order to fill the vacuum in most of the areas they usually sponsor their staff to go for training.
He appealed to the state government to assist the hospital by providing enough funds to enable them send the staff abroad to acquire more advance training. “Another serious challenge we are facing in the hospital is that of water.
We get water in the hospital sometimes once or twice a week and this seriously affect our services,” he said. The Chief Medical Director also said the hospital needs to have its oxygen plant which will assist them promptly take care of patients that need intensive care instead of travelling a long distance to get the product.
He commended the state governor Samuel Ortom for providing funds to enable accreditation of the institution, informing that very soon medical students from the university will start graduating.
– John Shiaondo, Makurdi