Is the University of Benin Teaching Hospital ( UBTH) a Health Centre or a Death Centre?

The Story of Citizen Christopher Ibeh aptly captures the harrowing experience ,Nigeria Citizens undergo ,when they patronize Public Hospitals, in this case ,the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Ugbowo ,Benin City .

Is the University of Benin Teaching Hospital ( UBTH) a Health Centre or a Death Centre?

By:Douglas Ogbankwa Esq.

The Story of Citizen Christopher Ibeh aptly captures the harrowing experience, Nigeria Citizens undergo, when they patronize Public Hospitals, in this case, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Ugbowo ,Benin City .

University of Benin (UNIBEN)
University of Benin (UNIBEN)

Citizen Christopher Ibeh who was admitted in Male Ward 2B of the Hospital, in early April 2019, has gone through an experience, he does not even wish his enemies. From the very arrogant nurses to the haughty Doctors and the obsolete hospital equipment, Citizen Ibeh has gone through an experience that through the sheer incompetence of Personnel of the Hospital And the dysfunctional nature of services of the Hospital has left him bedridden and aloof from reality.

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A man who walked into the Hospital by himself, left there almost a vegetable,as we speak a test that was conducted on him on the 8th of April, 2019, by Personnel of the very disorganized Medical Laboratory of the Hospital, has still not been released close to one month ,after the taking of his samples !

And so, the Shambolic Medical Personnel of UBTH, feels that Citizen Ibeh will end up as one of their many cases of the dead, which is normal and usual for them!

God Forbid. UBTH counts the Dead the same way the Police Nation Wide counts the arrested.

This is a Notice to the Authorities of UBTH, that if anything happens to Citizen Ibeh, they should be ready for a long drawn legal and regulatory battle, that will alter the firmament of Public Hospitals in Nigeria!

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The UBTH itself looks like a white elephant project. A Federal Government Hospital, that is even more expensive than Private Hospitals!

Despite the Hundreds of Millions of Naira, that are budgeted to the Hospital, for no credible work done or personnel development undertaken!

Citizen Ibeh and his family have spent a huge sum of money, which was paid in cash, despite the well known financial protocol of Treasury Single Account, for Public Institutions in Nigeria, as provided for by an Act of the National Assembly and instructed by the Federal Executive Council, still his health plummets and there is no value for the same .

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UBTH stinks! The sooner the Federal Government looks into the rot in the Hospital, the better for Citizens, as it stands, the nurses and doctors just count the dead, ironically some times with smiles!

What a tragedy! It makes one wonder, whether UBTH is a Health Centre or a Death Centre!

One Response to "Is the University of Benin Teaching Hospital ( UBTH) a Health Centre or a Death Centre?"

  1. Osaretin Aghimien   May 5, 2019 at 10:18 am

    The “national cake” syndrome has entrenched a culture of self aggrandizement in most, if not all, government institutions, UBTH inclusive. A situation where people (Public Servants) see and take “government work” (public service) personal, for the pursuit of personal selfish interests, which becomes a distraction from their paid employment!

    I recall an experience, in December 2017, when my daughter reacted to some anti malaria medicines she was being treated with, at home, following Doctor’s prescription at our private Clinic. My family physician, at the Clinic, advised me to quickly rush her to Benin Central Hospital, which I did, but soon realized it was a bad idea, with the place looking deserted, like a ghost town. I quickly opted for UBTH, applying my driving skills learned from James Bond movies, and soon arrived at the Emergency Ward.

    Unbelievably, I was asked to go pay a deposit of N40,000.00, at the Accounts section, far away from the Ward, before my daughter could be attended to. In a case of EMERGENCY! Thereafter, they’d start running series of tests, without applying first aid, leaving the patient to his fate. This attitude, or administrative methodology, is majorly responsible for the rate of fatality at the Hospital.

    Their attitude to work can be very unprofessional, and provocative. Most often than not, they’re preoccupied with the pursuit of their selfish personal interests, at the expense of the services they’re employed to perform. Again, most, if not all the medical Staff, have their private Clinics, which they run, side by side, with their public service in the Hospital. Again, at the expense of their paid employment in the Hospital.

    I also recall taking a business proposal to the Hospital, which they killed, on grounds of selfish personal considerations. One management Staff told me that he lived in the Hospital Staff Quarters, and that the proposal would affect his visitors, if implemented. I tried to remind him that it was a public Hospital, and not his private Clinic, and therefore, the interest of the Hospital was Paramount over and above his personal private considerations. But, my arguments fell on deaf ears, regardless of the huge financial benefits the Hospital stood to derive from the proposal. This could only have happened on account of the cap in hand disposition towards handouts from Abuja, which leaves them comfortable, regardless of their performance at work.

    I believe the health sector, like all others, require massive overhauling, including the removal of Unionism in the work environment, outlawing dual loyalty of especially medical Staff, and replacement of management Staff with professional Managers, rather than the use of Hospital regular Staff. Only in this way can we entrench discipline, required to improve health care delivery, in Nigeria!!

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