UITH doctors operate with phone lights – Doctors at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital have revealed poor power supply has forced them to use torch lights during operations.
This was revealed by the immediate past president of the hospital’s Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Oyinlola Oluwagbemiga and its current president, Dr. Ade Faponle.
Drs. Oluwagbemiga and Faponle were speaking at the a media briefing in Ilorin, where they also accused management of shortchanging their salaries.
Oluwagbemiga said: “There are certain procedures we embark upon, you have to complete them using your torchlight or phone lights. Imagine that you are in an emergency where you have to resuscitate a patient and you resort to that. It is that bad. It even stretches to sanitation.
“We have reached the point where you are having a major procedure and all you can hear is ‘please we can only supply light for the next two hours, make sure you complete your operation.’ And there are operations that last for four or more hours. So if you have such, you have to reschedule because you have been told ab-initio that you are on your own should you embark on such.”
The hospital’s management has however claimed that they are doing all they can on the power issue, including spending as much as N19m monthly on fuel.
The Director of Administration, UITH, Mr. Ganiyu Yusuf said: “As management, we are not going to join issues with the resident doctors. But we are going to state the facts. It is not news that electricity generation in the country is bad. The problem affects everybody, not only the hospital. We spend N16m monthly to buy diesel. We have a 500KV generator and another 350kv generator, as well as many other smaller generators to power each unit and department.
“The N16m that we pay is different from the N3m that we pay to IBEDC every month. Imagine what N19m could have done, if we had steady power supply in the country.
“We have done what we could do as a management with the resources available. We have separate generators for many sections. If you turn on the light in the hospital because of the operations the doctors will do, we keep it running until 4pm. Even when the power is on, how many of the doctors are ready to perform surgeries? If we know that in our area power will come at a certain time, you programme your activities.
“We lost three people in an attempt to stabilise the power supply. One of them was electrocuted and another dropped in water. What we are trying to do is to link up with the university and take power from Ganmo. Imagine the huge cost.”