Nigerian Hospital Tells Patients To Buy Diesel
Information reaching Naija News House says that Nigerian Hospital Tells Patients To Buy Diesel
Relatives of patients, who were to undergo caesarean section at the Ondo State-owned University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure, Ondo State have alleged that they were told to contribute money to buy 100 litres of diesel.
They claimed that the hospital had been without electricity for days.
A twitter user, Lere Olayinka, on his twitter handle, said: “At Teaching Hospital, Akure, Ondo State, water to flush toilets is not available!
“Relatives of patients are even offering to buy diesel and each patient that is to undergo CS (Caesarean Section ) is now being told to buy 100 litres of diesel.”
An employee of the hospital, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the situation, but said inadequate power supply was a big challenge to the hospital.
He said: “We do have shortage of power supply in this hospital. It is one of the problems we are facing here. It is on the personal volition of the relatives of the patients to contribute money to save the lives of their people on the sick bed, particularly those who are to be on caesarean section.
“It is not that the management gave the directive to that effect. But I know some people were contributing money to buy fuel to assist the hospital.”
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Oluwole Ige, denied the allegation of asking patients to contribute money for fuel, but said power shortage had been addressed.
He said: “We had power outage today (Wednesday) between 6am and 4pm. That patients were asked to buy diesel is not correct. We have not had power supply from BEDC for over a week. Our reserve was supposed to last till Friday, but got exhausted unexpectedly at 6am today (yesterday).
“Getting immediate supply was unfortunately not impossible. We have received supply now and power has been restored. It is a one-off occurrence. You will agree with me that it is an unusual time. The process of getting supplies is currently disrupted. If it was not that power was constant, outage for a period would not have been an issue.”