There is palpable anxiety in University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan in Oyo State as the management of the hospital imposed a new daily electricity levy of N1,000 on each patient.
The move according to the hospital management is to cushion the biting effects of increase in the price of electricity tariffs and diesel used to power generating plants by the hospital.
The hospital in an internal memo circulated on June 21, obtained by our correspondent, said the high cost of electricity tariffs and increasing price of diesel were behind the decision to compel the patients to shoulder the cost of power supply at the tertiary health facility.
The memo, titled; ‘Approval For The Recommendation To Add Utility Fee To The Service Fee Charged To Patients In The Hospital’, was signed by Wole Oyeyemi, UCH administrator, on behalf of the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee and Chief Medical Director.
It reads, “Following the recurring power outage in the hospital, high cost of electricity tariff and inflation in the price of diesel which have impeded stable power supply, 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 N1,000.00 (one thousand naira only) daily by every patient accessing care in this hospital.
“You are requested to kindly implement the approval with immediate effect.”
The memo was addressed to the Director/Head, Finance and Accounts Department of the hospital.