ukahukahThe Delta State government has clarified some issues pertaining to affairs at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area, of the state. The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba on Saturday (17/09/2016) said the clarification was necessary to put the records straight in the face of various rumours making the rounds. According to the statement, the monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of DELSUTH has increased tremendously to a level that government believes they can be self sufficient necessitating the stoppage of monthly subvention to the institution. Mr. Ukah revealed that the contracts of Diaspora Doctors will expire in October this year and that the government plans to reduce the contract sum downwards remarkably, adding that contract renewal will be based on performance, skill, and capacity in the areas where the hospital will need them, especially in areas where other Doctors cannot perform, and those who agree on the new terms. The statement further said that the state government has given the institution a 33 KVA transformer that can guarantee power supply for at least 23 hours daily. According to the commissioner, a full scale stakeholders meeting is to be convened by the state government to sort out the problem of incessant strike actions in the hospital with the view to fashioning out a way to resolve outstanding issues. Mr. Ukah disclosed that the government has already approved some major areas of conflict in the past such as entry point that will now be 5.7 instead of 5.4, adding that Doctors are already enjoying the new salary structure approved in January this year. The statement said that the government, through the Ministry of Finance, is to pay roll the staff of DELSUTH to monthly payment to avoid arrears which was part of the problem in the past as they are now full time employees of the University since salaries of staff of the hospital have been harmonized with that of the University. According to the statement, with the upcoming stakeholders meeting, work will resume soon as all major outstanding matters will be settled.    

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