It's getting worse: Nigeria's foremost teaching hospital demands patients pay electricity fees

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Nigeria's electricity woes hit deeper even in the midst of a diesel price hike.

The University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, has implemented a new rule requiring patients to pay N1,000 per day for their electrical bills.

The University College Hospital (UCH)
The University College Hospital (UCH)

The hospital management claimed in an internal memo that the increased fee for patients was instituted as a result of increases in the price of diesel and energy.

The memo titled, ‘Approval for the recommendation to add utility fee to service charged patients in the hospital’ was signed by the UCH administrator, Wole Oyeyemi, on behalf of the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee and Chief Medical Director.

According to the memo, the hospital management directed the immediate implementation of the rule requiring the payment of the N1,000 electricity charge by each patient.

The memo reads, “Following the recurring power outage in the hospital, high cost of electricity tariff and inflation in the price of diesel which has impeded stable power supply, the 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 daily by every patient accessing care in the hospital. You are requested to kindly implement approval with immediate effect.”

Many Nigerians and businesses rely on generators to power their homes and facilities since the country's energy generation and supply have consistently fallen woefully short of the capacity needed to support its 200 million population.

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