Doctors Suspend Surgical Operations At UCH Over Scarcity Of Water


Medical doctors at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan have suspended all surgical operations in the hospital till further notice.

The reason for the suspension of the surgical operations is due to the ongoing water scarcity that is being experienced in the hospital.

It was gathered on Wednesday that the teaching hospital has been experiencing water scarcity in the last few days.

Investigation also revealed that hundreds of patients who are currently on admission and their relatives have been experiencing hard time due to non-supply of water in the hospital.

Some of the patients who are currently on admission in the hospital said they buy bags of Sachet water to bath and flush the toilets in the hospital.

A relative of one of the patients in the hospital on Wednesday reveals that doctors in the hospital told his family member that they have suspended surgical operations in the hospital as a result of scarcity of water.

He said, “Someone who has been on admission at UCH for days just called me now that there has not been water supply to UCH for four days now.

“Patients buy bags of satchel water to bath and flush toilet. He is on admission for surgery and because of the water situation, doctors told him no surgery for now.”

One of the patients in the hospital told DAILY POST on Wednesday that he was admitted on Tuesday but there is no water to flush.

He said, “I was admitted to the haematology day care unit in UCH yesterday. There was no water to even flush the toilet.”

Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Toye Akinrinlola when contacted told reporters that the water scarcity was caused by ongoing renovation in the hospital.

He added that the renovation is to be completed in the next three weeks.

“When you visited UCH what did you observed? You will observe that there is a massive renovation ongoing. We are replacing the sewage system, that is why we have to shut down some facilities.

“When such renovation is ongoing, we have to shut down five blocks. We do not admit patients except some few critical cases.

“The renovation is to be completed in three weeks. The issue of water scarcity that came up this morning is very strange to me. We have shut down our water plant and we cannot bring water from outside because we have our own water treatment plant. The best is for our patients to be patient with us.”

The the suspension of surgical operations in UCH occasioned by water scarcity is coming few hours after President Muhamadu Buhari left Nigeria for medical checkup in London.

Buhari had on Tuesday left the country for London despite huge amount of money budgeted for the State House clinic and other health facilities in the country.

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