Sunday, April 14, 2024

Blackout: Mixed reactions as UCH cries out over debt burden


Some Nigerians have expressed blended emotions over the present scenario on the College Faculty Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.

That is because the hospital has cried out for assist, saying it was overburdened by the monetary challenges.

It additionally blamed the excessive debt burden on successive administrations, who left unpaid electrical energy payments to the tune of N328m.

DAILY POST studies that UCH, which was commissioned on twentieth November, 1957, is the primary instructing hospital within the nation.

The tertiary well being establishment is presently in whole darkness after it was disconnected from the nationwide grid by Ibadan Electrical energy Distribution Firm (IBEDC) on Tuesday, nineteenth March, 2024.

Those that spoke with DAILY POST described the scenario as worrisome, with a few of them querying what the hospital was doing with the cash being generated day by day.

Extended energy outage not new in UCH – Mom of ex-patient

An-Ibadan based mostly girl stated that extended energy outages weren’t new in UCH.

The center aged girl, who gave beginning to a child final yr, narrated how she shortly took her daughter to a personal hospital because of an influence outage within the hospital.

She stated, “I had a child in September final yr in Lagos; the infant was sick so after 7 days I got here to UCH to get therapy for her. She needed to have an emergency blood transfusion and needed to be put underneath mild for jaundice.

“Are you able to consider there was no mild to place the infants within the ICU underneath blue mild? After 24 hours, I needed to ask that she be shortly discharged. I took her to a personal hospital to get therapy.

“Some infants couldn’t be saved and a few most likely had problems. I’m unhappy to see that they’re nonetheless experiencing this in 2024. That is horrible”.

What’s UCH doing with income generated – Ibadan resident queries

One other resident of Ibadan, recognized as Mr. Ajibola queried why the hospital is owing such an sum of money.

He added that what was occurring to UCH was on account of corruption.

“The query is why are they owing. The excessive medical payments persons are paying, the place is the cash going to?

“If Nigeria can be a greater place, all of us should be able to do the precise factor, so simple as obeying visitors orders, which many people on this group don’t do.

“Many people are additionally corrupt and contributing to the issue of Nigeria”.

Examine why UCH is owing IBEDC N400m – Well being skilled

A well being employee, who recognized himself as Mr. Akindele, known as for an enquiry to establish why the hospital was owing such an sum of money.

He added that members of the general public ought to ask the administration of the hospital why it was owing the electrical energy distribution firm.

“If small non-public healthcare companies can energy their workplaces, you journalists ought to examine what UCH does with the income it generates,” he declared.

What’s going on in UCH could be very unlucky – Chairman, Apete – Awotan Landlords/Landladies Affiliation

The Chairman, Apete – Awotan Landlords/Landladies Affiliation, Mr. Rasak Fabayo in his personal response, described what is occurring on the hospital as unlucky, blaming it on corruption.

“What’s going on in UCH could be very unlucky. I don’t count on them to owe IBEDC.

“It’s not solely about electrical energy. The hospital has a lot gear that may make life extra snug for the workers and sufferers, however because of the corrupt nature of the system, all these aren’t working once more. The system is so corrupt,” he stated.

Our IGR not sufficient to settle payments – PRO

In the meantime, the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Funmi Adetuyibi, has stated that the present internally generated income by the hospital shouldn’t be sufficient to settle the payments.

Adetuyibi made this declaration whereas talking with DAILY POST on the weekend.

The PRO insisted that the current Chief Medical Director of the hospital met a sum of N328m electrical energy debt on assumption of workplace in 2019.

“The current Chief Medical Director, Professor Jesse Otegbayo got here on board on March 1st 2019.

“As on the time he resumed workplace, the overall debt on energy was N328m. Presently, the IBEDC is claiming we’re owing them N495m.

“It isn’t that we don’t all the time pay in any respect. This administration is attempting all means to pay. We use IGR to run it.

“We acquire N14m month-to-month as overhead. We use the N14m to pay for electrical energy, water, renovation and consumables.

“To be candid, we use the entire N14m to settle IBEDC. The strike can also be affecting us. Now we have written letters for assist to return.

“We don’t thoughts if we see individuals who can assist us. The IGR shouldn’t be sufficient to pay our payments.”

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