TEACHING HOSPITAL IN BENIN, CHECK OUT THE BAD STATE OF OPERATING THEATER



According to the President of the UBTH ARD, Dr. Omorogbe Owen, the conditions in which the physicians operate on patients is terrible.
Resident doctors working at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Edo State, have decried the state of facilities such as operating theatres, radiotherapy machine, laboratory equipment and lecture rooms in the hospital.

They accused the authorities of the hospital of mismanaging facilities in the institution.
“Consumables and other tools for work are not sufficient or non-existent, forcing patients to buy materials for wound dressing across the road. The laboratories, pharmacy and x-rays units are not functioning optimally.
He said, “The theatres are in the worst conditions as surgeries are carried out by doctors who are sweating on patients. Insects and reptiles come in freely into the theatres and wards because of the dilapidated state of facilities.
The doctors also raised the alarm over what it described as “extortion of patients”, adding that the high cost of treatment at the hospital had forced many patients to seek treatment elsewhere.
The ARD boss added that patients were forced to pay N3, 900 general wards’ fees daily after paying an initial admission deposit of N20, 000.
“The discrepancy has now made it a norm for patients to go outside the hospital to do diagnostic investigations and also buy drugs. Despite the Federal Government’s huge investment in procuring CT scan and radiotherapy machine for the hospital, the equipment is constantly malfunctioning.”
Owen, who made this known in a statement, also alleged that some departments had lost their accreditation due to lack of facilities and manpower.
He added, “Many patients have been forced to seek alternative care elsewhere and this is grossly affecting the training of medical students and doctors. Patients, especially those in and around Edo State, are now forced to travel to other parts of the country for medical care where services are affordable.”He stated, “For instance, the bed fee for specialist ward is N15,000 daily after an admission deposit of N50, 000, compared to what is obtainable elsewhere such as the Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State and the University College, Ibadan, Oyo State, were bed fee is N1,500 and N1,000 per day respectively. The same is applicable at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State where bed fee is N1,000 daily.”
Owen also accused the management of being insensitive to present economic realities of its patients.
“Consumables and other tools for work are not sufficient or non-existent forcing patients to procuring materials for wound dressing across the road. The laboratories, pharmacy and x-rays units are usually down due to lack of power supply.
Decrying the shortage of medical workers, he recalled that the hospital had not in the last four years employed new members of staff despite the mass exit of professionals from the hospital.
He added that the exit of workers had resulted in the loss of some departments in the hospital.
Owen said, “This obviously affects the quality of service being rendered to patients. It is shocking to reveal that the last time resident doctors were employed in UBTH was in 2011 and in the intervening four- year period, over 400 resident doctors have exited without any replacement.”
“The hospital that was manned by over 150 house officers is currently covered by 60 house officers while a ward of over 50 patients is being run by three nurses. One can then imagine the kind of care patients get from this shortage of staff.
“The discrepancy has now made it a norm for patients to go outside the hospital to get investigations and drugs. Despite the Federal Government’s huge investment in CT scan and radiotherapy machine for the hospital, the equipment is constantly malfunctioning.”
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Michael Ibadin, could not be reached by one of our correspondents, as calls to his telephone line did not go through.
When contacted on Sunday, the Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Kehinde Ibitoye, declined comments on the matter, adding that she was not aware of the statement by the resident doctors.
Ibitoye said, “I have not seen the press release. Until I see it, I will not react. You are a journalist; can you react to what you have not seen?
“I am not even aware. It has not come to my management. When it does, we will say our own.”


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