by Solomon Ilomechine
The Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Prof. Lucky Onotai has denied the report that a power outage killed 14 children at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH.
Prof. Lucky disclosed that no child died at the Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit as a result of a power outage and that the public should disregard the circulating news that children bite the dust at their hospital.
However, he affirmed that they have a power challenge which he said is no longer news in Nigeria as the issue of electricity affect everyone.
He said, “Everywhere in Nigeria is faced with power challenges but we manage our own with the generator. The hospital has a backup generator which they work with if there is any challenge with the power supply.”
The Prof added that the transformer had challenges but it has been fixed and no day passes by without them turning on the generator.
“The report all over the internet is not true. If it were true, then where are the mothers of the babies that died? And if there are any, let them show proof.”
A woman who is on admission with her baby at the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Peace Marcus said also confirm the report to be untrue saying she has not heard of any child’s death.
She said, “Since I’ve been on admission for over a month, no child has died.”