On 15/Jun/2019 / In Medical News
The entire Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) is experiencing total power interruption, which has slowed down treatment of patients and other medical services.
The Guardian investigations show that the black out started since Monday, June 10, with services brought to a halt in areas where there are no generating sets to further treatment and the other medical services. When The Guardian visited the wards and offices, there were no lights, even people using the stairs had to use torchlights to see. The few places with electricity were from generating sets, others who still had power supply, went off as activities were stopped immediately.
On February 9, 2019, the hospital management welcomed President Buhari who commissioned an Independent Power Plant, which was said to be the first of its kind in any Federal Tertiary Hospital in the country. The plant, with over 5.8MW capacity and sponsored by CET Power Projects Limited was expected to power the entire LUTH community, ensuring 24 hours power supply.
However, the hospital’s management had in response to the poor lighting of the hospital environment claimed it no longer complains of power failures with the new IPP supplying its community with 24/7 power. But that is different from the current situation, as every corner of the hospital is blacked out and activities put on a hold.
A source who works with the hospital, and pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian that the power plant has since installation, not served the entire hospital as many areas still experience black out. He described the situation as ‘appalling’, saying the hospital would not want to speak up, so as not to taint its image in the eyes of the public. He said the hospital is not supposed to use generating sets because of the health implications, adding that many wards and offices are forced to use it just to ensure emergency cases are attended to and called on the government to salvage the situation before it gets out of hand.
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