Amidst widespread rumour of extortion of N1,000.00 per patient daily for electricity, the University College Hospital, Ibadan has debunked the allegation as baseless and unfounded.
This was made known to CEOAFRICA on the 9th July, 2022, by the Director of Administration of the Hospital, Mr. S. O. Oladejo on behalf of the Chief Medical Director, Professor Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, who in a statement said there was no time the Hospital charged such fee, and that the Hospital was more focus and concerned with adequate healthcare delivery to Nigerians.
The Statement reads in part: "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memo which we did not implement after a thorough review from internal mechanisms for such issues and has since been withdrawn.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 release stated further that the management of the Hospital is not oblivious of the fact that the said publication could have negative effect on patients in the hospital, but assured the public that the hospital shall continue to deliver effective and efficient healthcare to Nigerians irrespective of status.
While appealing to the public to ignore the said publication, Professor Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo reassured that the University College Hospital, Ibadan doors are always open for people to cross check the activities; and would not turn back patients. He added that on several occasions, the hospital had written off bills incurred by Indigent patients.