4 UNIPORT Teaching Hospital Nurses Die In Six Months, Nursing Body Blame Workload

National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has raised concern that it lost four Chief Nursing Officers within six months due to stress from work overload.

Chairman of the Association in UPTH, MacDonald Uchendu, said the affected Nursing Officers were within the ages of 48 and 56 years.

She complained that they were understaffed and urged the management to look into the matter of recruitment of more nurses.

Investigation revealed that due to a recent directive by the management to all heads of department that ad-hoc staff who were initially engaged and were being paid through the Internally Generated Revenue of the hospital should stop work, the regular staff have been over burdened with work load.

A senior doctor who wants to remain anonymous lamented that by next year, 2020, the planned disengagement of Ad-hoc Staff would immensely add to the overbearing workloads on the doctors and nurses.

He said that the UPTH management had engaged the ad-hoc staff to relieve the staff of workloads because of the increasing number of patients who daily seek medicare in the hospital.

It was learnt that the management was acting on directives from Federal Ministry of Health to ensure financial prudence in Federal Teaching Hospitals.

4 UNIPORT Teaching Hospital Nurses Die In Six Months
4 UNIPORT Teaching Hospital Nurses Die In Six Months

University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital originally commenced its operations in 1980 and was officially commissioned by the federal government in 1985. When it started out, there were 60 beds mainly in use. After relocating to its permanent site in 2006, the hospital’s capacity was expanded to 500 beds. Nearly 200,000 patients are seen annually in both outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as over 3000 surgical operations a year. Average bed occupancy rate in 12 months has risen above 80%. Besides offering medical services, the hospital tends to provide clinical education and training to students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.


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