… Accuses Doctors Of Collecting Double Salaries
… Assures Quick Restoration Of Accreditation
Imo state government has attributed the delay in payment of salaries of medical Doctors at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Umuna Orlu to double collection of salaries by the consultancy Doctors at the Imsuth who also lectures at the Imo State University.
This is even as the Government has promised to provide all the necessary equipment needed for the accreditation of the School which has resulted in the medical Students spending years above what the law provides as a period of graduation.
The last investigation carried out by Lead Newspaper at Imsuth, it was discovered that the majority of the medical Students had spent above ten years reading medicine and other related courses while they are not meant to spend more than six and seven years.
Uzodinma however disclosed the resolve of his Government to provide the campus with facilities needed for its accreditation as an instructed council during his visit to the school to ascertain the problems and needs of the campus.
While inspecting the Institution the Governor used the forum to let Imo people know the reason behind the delay in the payment of medical Doctors who are on consultancy with the Institution pointing out that the Government discovered that most of the consultants at the Imsuth are also lectures in Imsu who upon receiving full monthly salaries in Imsu as Lecturers also receive another from Imsuth as consultants, an act he described as uncalled for.
Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has promised to restore the accreditation of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH Orlu) which was lost several years back.
He has also promised that his government will do her best to provide the needed facilities that will enable the Teaching Hospital to be of service to the graduating students and cater for the health needs of the people of Imo state.
Governor Uzodimma gave the assurance when he addressed newsmen after visiting and inspecting facilities at the IMSUTH, Imo Foundation and Ochiedike Medical and Dialysis Centre in Owerri on Tuesday.
At IMSUTH, the Governor inspected the Maternity, Prenatal, Gynecology, Neurology Wards. Other sections he inspected include Dialysis Unit, Female and Male Surgical Wards, Male Medical and Female medical Wards, Male Orthopedic, Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics Surgical, Children Pediatrics, Main Theatre and Consultants Clinic.
Governor Uzodimma noted that government is critically looking at the challenges in the Health and Education sectors of the state and that it has become necessary that the Imo State University Medical School which had lost its accreditation must be helped to recover same.
He said the visit to the institution was partly to identify the needs and requirements for accreditation with a view to addressing them, particularly to ensure that the Medical School gets back its accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The Governor regretted that loss of accreditation has affected the graduation of the students for years.
On why activities at the Medical School are low, the Governor said that in the process of automating the salary payroll of the workers in the University it was discovered that most of the Medical Doctors who are rendering clinical (consultancy) services in IMSUTH are also lecturers of Imo State University.
He said the implication was that they were collecting double salaries as lecturers and Medical Doctors, noting that it is not only unhealthy for Imo State government of today but that if allowed to stand, in the future when they retire from service they will be receiving pensions as both Medical doctors and University lecturers.
“It is in the process of harmonizing the above that there arose a disagreement which should be considered as a temporary setback because at the end of the day all will come to a round table to agree the right things,” the governor explained.
The Governor however appealed to the Medical Doctors rendering skeletal services at IMSUTH to continue with what they are doing, assuring that soon Government will embark on rapid upgrade of the facilities to enable the students to graduate and at the same time, procure adequate medical services for the people of Imo State.
He said soon, the government will engage the Medical Doctors, Principal Officers of the College and other stakeholders in an interaction that will benefit both government, the workers, and to a large extent, be to the greater benefit of Imo people.
The Governor was received on arrival by the IMSUTH Director, Nursing Services, Chief Boniface Agwunobi accompanied by the Imo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Damaris Osunkwo.
On the entourage of the Governor were the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, Chief of Staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, Hon. Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr. Francis Dibiagwu and other members of the State Executive Council.