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Source: The Nation

Patients and their relatives have lamented the inability to access treatment at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Cross River State.

The facility has been rejecting patients, especially those requiring  surgery, following the power outage in Calabar and surrounding towns, going to two months, and the facility’s inability to afford diesel to power its generators.

While patients who can afford it have moved to private facilities, others are writhing in pain, calling on authorities to restore power to avert too many deaths.

A relative, Akiba Ekpenyong, said: “Surgery is being postponed because some of these patients cannot afford surgeries at private hospitals. My patient has been booked for a major surgery more than three times, but the excuse has always been that they cannot proceed because of lack of power.”Ekpenyong advised the hospital to think out of the box, stressing that the lives of patients are at stake. “What I witnessed on Friday was not palatable,” he lamented.

But spokesman for the hospital, Roseline Ikpeme, in a comment to Akiba’s complaint on his Facebook page, said: “We regulate power supply in laboratories, clinics, theatres etc from 9am to 2pm just like every institution does this period in Calabar. But in all wards, we supply light from 9am-3pm and 7pm to 12 midnight.”

The Chief Medical Director, Prof Ikpeme Ikpeme, did not respond to his calls.

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