Monday, April 15, 2024

N495 Million Debts: UCH staff, patients plunged in darkness as IBEDC cuts off power supply

“The IBEDC should see UCH as a sacred place because we render services to save lives,” said the hospital’s CMAC.

• March 26, 2024
UCH BUILDING; LANTERN IN DARKNESS
UCH BUILDING; LANTERN IN DARKNESS

The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has assured the patients and public that the management is doing its best to restore power supply.

The tertiary hospital owes N495 million in electricity bills.

The UCH chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Abiodun Adeoye, disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) disconnected the UCH power supply due to accumulated debts. 

Mr Adeoye said that while the management had engaged the IBEDC in an open discussion, it had also written to the Federal Ministry of Health for interventions.

He added that the health ministry had also communicated with the ministry of power, so they are doing their best to find a holistic solution.

“On our own efforts here, we have put inverter in some critical areas such as clinics and wards, we have generator dedicated to power the theatre, ICU and labour rooms.

“Also, the management constituted an Energy Committee led by Dr Obaro Michael to look into the short term and long term solutions to energy issues in the hospital.

“We feel the pain this might be causing, but we are not folding our hands and watching,” he said.

The UCH CMAC remarked that the major problem was that the IBEDC was charging UCH like a commercial centre, which would not be sustainable.

He added, “The IBEDC should see UCH as a sacred place because we render services to save lives. They send us bills up to N71 million in a month, and we only receive an overhead of just N14 million.

“This year alone, they gave us bill of N147 million and we have paid N145 out of it. They still disconnected us being the third time this year. The current management of UCH inherited some debts since it came in 2019, payment plan which was sustained was made then till they began to charge us as a commercial centre.

“And they disconnected us even without notice. They said we owe N495 million and should pay N250 million, but we can’t have the money and allow our patients to suffer.”

However, he urged the patients to feel free to contact management whenever they had any complaints.

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State

Politics

Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Minister of Arts and Culture, Hannatu Musawa

Showbiz

Nigeria to showcase indigenous arts, artists at 2024 Venice Biennale

The Minister of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, says Nigeria will participate at the Venice Biennale, scheduled for April 16 to 18 in Italy.

WAR-RAVAGED SUDAN

Africa

Sudan: USAID seeks urgent intervention in one of ‘world’s gravest crises’

Five million people are on the brink of famine. Eight million people have been forced to flee their homes – the largest displacement crisis in the world. 

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and RSF Mohamad Hamdan Dagalo

Africa

Paris hosts Sudan aid conference one year after start of war

Two generals seized power in a military coup in 2021 but later fell out over internationally backed plans for Sudan’s transition to civilian rule.

BIDEN; ERDOGAN

World

U.S. spars with Turkey, Jordan, Iraq over Iran’s bombardment of Israel

Iran launched hundreds of cruise and ballistic missiles on Saturday in a retaliatory strike against Israel.

Sudan war

Africa

IGAD seeks end to hostilities on Sudan conflict anniversary

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has called on all parties involved in the conflict in Sudan to end hostilities.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

Anti-Corruption

Governor Nwifuru warns Supreme Court justice against hobnobbing with corrupt politicians

“Let us allow the judges to do their work. Let us strive to make our judges comfortable and truly independent. Don’t allow the politicians to destroy you,” the governor said.