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UCH: Due to accrued debt, patients and staff are unhappy while the power outage continues

Apr 16, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

Patients, their families, and staff at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan are currently facing significant challenges due to a complete power outage in the hospital.

Reports indicate that the tertiary health institution is currently without electricity, resulting from the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) disconnection of the hospital from the national grid.

IBEDC cut off the hospital’s power supply on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, citing an accumulated debt of over N400 million.

However, the hospital management contests this claim, stating that their debt amounts to N241 million.

A visit to the hospital revealed that the power outage is severely impacting essential activities. Equipment and facilities requiring electricity, such as X-ray machines and diagnostic services, are non-operational.

Patients are being referred to external facilities for services that UCH would typically provide. Additionally, the hospital’s water supply has been disrupted, forcing patients and their families to rely on bottled water or bring water from home.

Mr. Akinloye, a resident of Ibadan, shared his ordeal of fetching water from outside the hospital, emphasizing the challenges faced, especially for patients and newborns.

Similarly, Dr. Kolawole expressed frustration after being referred to an external facility for an X-ray due to the lack of electricity at UCH.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC), representing various unions in the hospital, revealed that staff members are using torchlights to attend to patients. Comrade Oludayo Olabampe highlighted the hazardous working conditions and emphasized the urgent need to restore power to the hospital.

The hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Funmi Adetuyibi, confirmed the power disconnection by IBEDC and stated that efforts are underway to settle the outstanding debt.

However, IBEDC maintains its stance, stating that UCH owes over N400 million and has been uncooperative in addressing the overdue balance.

The situation underscores the urgent need for resolution, as the power outage severely impacts healthcare delivery and poses risks to both patients and staff.

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