IRKED by the ongoing impasse between resident doctors at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, DELSUTH, Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area, on some issues, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said government has clarified some issues pertaining to affairs at the school. Ukah said the clarification became necessary in order to put records straight in the face of various rumours. According to him, the monthly Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of DELSUTH has increased tremendously to a level that government believes it can be self-sufficient, necessitating the stoppage of monthly subvention to the institution. Ukah revealed that the contracts of diaspora doctors will expire in October, explaining that government plans to reduce the contract sum downwards. He added that the contract renewal
will be based on performance, skills and capacity in areas where the hospital will need them, especially in areas where other doctors cannot perform and those who agree on the new terms. He added that the state government has given the institution a 33KVA transformer that can guarantee power supply for at least 23 hours daily. The commissioner stated that 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. Ukah disclosed that 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. He said government, through the ministry of finance, is to pay roll 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 at the hospital have been harmonised 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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