The management of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has debunked reports making the rounds that it was charging patients N1,000 daily for electricity.
The hospital’s Director of Administration of the hospital, Mr. S. O. Oladejo, in a statement issued on behalf of the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, said that there was no time the hospital charged such fee, adding that the UCH was more concerned with adequate healthcare delivery to Nigerians.
“The attention of the Management of the University College Hospital, Ibadan has been drawn to a publication in all sections of the media alleging that the hospital is charging N1,000.00 per patient daily for electricity.
“The hospital wishes to state that the memo being referred to was an internal
memo which we did not implement after a thorough review from internal mechanisms for such issues and has since been withdrawn. At no point did the hospital charge electricity fee.
“The management of the hospital is not oblivious of the fact that the said publication could have negative effect on our patients. We are assuring the public that we shall continue to deliver effective and efficient healthcare to Nigerians irrespective of status.
“It is also important to state that the University College Hospital, Ibadan does not turn back patients and that on several occasions had written off bills incurred by Indigent patients.
“We appeal to the public to ignore the said publication.
“Our doors are always open for people to cross-check our activities,” the statement read.