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University College Hospital imposes N1,000 daily electricity bill on admitted patients

Posted: July 5, 2022 at 12:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The management of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, has confirmed the addition of N1,000 daily electricity fee to the service charge of every admitted patient in the hospital.

Admitted patients and their family members are now going to pay more to access medical services from this renowned hospital.

The hospital, in a circular disclosed that the new development was prompted by the high cost of electricity tariffs and the need to effectively operate alternative system using costly diesel.

The circular reads in part, “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.

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

According to a management staff, the hospital has been running on “a huge loss” and had to improvise by adding the N1,000 to patients’ service charge.

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, supplies power to the hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Commentators submit that what UCH has done is more professional; by letting the patients and the public know up front what the increase in fees is and why it is being collected, rather than engage in substandard practices or service delivery in order to meet the huge operating cost.

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