Patients at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, are experiencing a hard time following the water scarcity in the hospital.
following the water scarcity in the hospital.
According to Nigerian Tribune, toilets in several wards and departments showed a situation that ranged from no taps running water to big black bowls that had little or no water in them, damaged toilets, water closets with urine deposited in them not flushed and locked toilet doors.
The situation was peculiar in toilets of the Casualty Accident and Emergency Complex, floors that house the departments of paediatrics, Central 4 Labour Special care baby unit, surgery, ophthalmology, medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthesia, electro-medical workshop, instruments, psychiatry, pathology, theatres 1 and 2, 3 and 4.
Another report said patients were said to be buying bags of sachet water for drinking and using same for bathing and other purposes.
The Public Relations Officer, UCH, Mr Toye Akinrinlola attributed the water scarcity to the ongoing renovation of five blocks of the hospital. He explained that water was scarce because the ongoing renovation is a massive one featuring an overhaul of the entire water system, sewage system as well as breakage of pipes and toilets of the hospital.
“I am sorry this is happening but we have appealed to our patients or those patronising us to be patient. No matter how we orchestrate it, if we don’t finish the programme, we are just not getting there.”
He sought the continued patience of patients for another three weeks, when he said, the renovation is expected to be concluded.