Health workers at the Sapele General Hospital in Sapele, Delta State, have accused the administration of Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa of total neglect of the facility. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the health workers told SaharaReporters that they have been using their rechargeable lamps and torch lights to work at night, as the power supply to the health facility has been dismal.
On a visit to the hospital, SaharaReporters was told by health workers that patients have been having a torrid experience because the Delta State government has refused to provide the hospital and its staff the most basic of facilities.
"It is surprising that the governor, who is a medical doctor, has no interest in ensuring power supply to the hospital. Patients endure unbearable heat at night because the fans in the wards do not work. Hospital staff, including nurses, and patients always come with their own torch lights and rechargeable lamps for use at night. As you can see, without these alternative sources of light, the wards will be in total darkness," a health worker told SaharaReporters.
A patient also disclosed that patients have to provide mosquito nets by themselves or risk mosquito bites. The patient added that almost all the mosquito nets on the windows of the wards are torn.
"This state is one of the richest in terms of federal allocation, yet patients cannot have mosquito nets provided for them. The ambulance in this hospital does not work. Sapele General Hospital is a mess," said the patient.
Last month, doctors, nurses and other staff at the Warri Central Hospital cried out over the dilapidated state of the hospital. They accused Mr. Okowa of allowing the hospital to rot away.