Patients Slammed with N1, 000 Daily Electricity Bill in Popular Ibadan Hospital

Patients Slammed with N1, 000 Daily Electricity Bill in Popular Ibadan Hospital

  • In a bid to salvage the rising hike in the price of diesel and electricity tariffs in the country, patients of the notable hospital, UCH Ibadan are mandated to pay N1000 daily
  • The management of UCH Ibadan made this known via a memo notifying all patients in the hospital of the development
  • Meanwhile, the hospital in its memo made it clear that it was a necessary decision that needed to be taken in other to ensure the smooth running of healthcare activities at the hospital

Oyo, Ibadan - The popular University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State has issued a mandatory payment of N1,000 electricity bill by all patients in the hospital, the Leadership newspaper reported.

As gathered by, the management of the UCH Ibadan said the decision was made in order to salvage the hike in electricity tariffs and diesel for the power generator of the hospital.

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UCH Ibadan
The management of UCH Ibadan said the decision for patients to pay a daily fee of N1000 was very necessary to ensure veritable health services. Photo: Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
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According to the internal memo released by the management of the hospital on Tuesday, June 21, the decision was necessary to keep health services at the hospital going.

The memo, titled; ‘Approval For The Recommendation To Add Utility Fee To The Service Fee Charged To Patients In The Hospital’, was signed by Wole Oyeyemi, UCH administrator, on behalf of the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee and Chief Medical Director.

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The memo reads:

“Following the recurring power outage in the hospital, high cost of electricity tariff and inflation in the price of diesel which have impeded stable power supply, management has decided to consider measures that can help to facilitate flawless service delivery in the hospital.
“To this end, I write to convey the management’s approval for the mandatory payment of utility fee of N1,000.00 (one thousand naira only) daily by every patient accessing care in this hospital.

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“You are requested to kindly implement the approval with immediate effect.”

The memo was addressed to the Director/Head, Finance and Accounts Department of the hospital.

About UCH, Ibadan

According to Wikipedia, the University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan was established by an August 1952 Act of Parliament in a bid to begin training for healthcare and medical practitioners in the country and other West African countries.

UCH was strategically located in Ibadan, then the largest city in West Africa which is also the seat of the first University in Nigeria.

The physical development of the Hospital commenced in 1953 in its present site and was formally commissioned after completion on 20 November 1957.

In its first commissioning, the hospital had 500-bed spaces but as of today, the hospital boasts of over 1,000 bed spaces and 200 examination couches with a 60 percent to 70 percent occupancy rate.

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In May 2006, a surgical team successfully performed open-heart surgery on three patients, an important landmark in medicine in Nigeria.

APC national women leader provides free medical care for Zamfara Residents

In another development, the national women leaders of the ruling party, APC, Dr Betta Edu has declared free healthcare for residents of Zamfara.

According to report, over 300 persons are expected to benefit from the free healthcare outreach programme .

Edu said the free healthcare programme was in conjunction with the Zamfara state government.

Abuja residents gets free healthcare

Similarly, residents of Gosa community in Abuja have been issued free medical healthcare and services.

The initiative was supported by the coalition of some churches known as the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria (CMDA Nigeria).

Speaking on the initiative, the CEO of CMDA Nigeria, Chima Onoka said other states in Nigeria are also not left out of the programme.


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