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Hospitals lament poor power supply, declining healthcare

Healthcare facilities, both public and private, are grappling with the dire power supply situation compounded by exorbitant diesel costs across the nation. Officials from these institutions have expressed concern over the adverse impact of unstable electricity on healthcare delivery.

Despite the Federal Government’s threat to revoke licenses of Power Distribution Companies due to persistent electricity challenges, little improvement has been observed. The current predicament is partly attributed to the substantial debt—over $1 billion—owed to gas producers, crucial for operating thermal gas-fired power plants.

Dr. Tayo Haastrup, spokesperson for the National Hospital in Abuja, highlighted the financial strain caused by diesel expenses, which amount to millions monthly. He emphasized the necessity of uninterrupted power supply for medical operations and patient care.

Similarly, Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Chief Medical Director of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, emphasized that inadequate power supply is a nationwide issue, significantly impacting Federal Health Institutions.

Efforts are underway at the federal level to address the energy crisis, with plans to implement alternative energy sources, including renewables. However, immediate relief remains elusive, and healthcare providers continue to struggle with unreliable power.

Dr. Kayode Adesola, President of the Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners, echoed concerns about the detrimental effects of erratic power supply on healthcare services. He urged the government to prioritize the health sector’s energy needs, particularly for private healthcare facilities, which face significant operational challenges due to energy shortages.

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