By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS â€” TRADE union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has expressed concern over the increasing deterioration of facilities in the nationâ€™s public hospitals leading to poor services rendered by health workers, saying reports across the country indicate rising death rate.
TUC in a statement by its President-General and Secretary, Comrade Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole respectively, noted that despite huge revenues generated over the years into the federation accounts, the nation could not boast of any hospital of international standard in the true sense, as those that exist are mere consulting clinics.
The statement read in part: â€œWe are also worried because the poor state of facilities and other infrastructure have equally lead to the workers of these hospitals performing decimally and loosing sense of belonging.
TUC is even more disturbed because hospitals and clinics owned and operated by the Military, the Police and the para-military organisations are also badly hit by this ugly development.
â€œTUC notes in particular the case of Military Hospital Yaba, were patients are made to pass through difficult situations in the name of obtaining medical treatment, at this once centre of excellence that on record produced a good percentage of doctors, nurses and other medical personnels who today occupy command positions in medical institutions all over the world.
â€œThe condition of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and all the general hospitals located in the state are not different as the problem of poor funding is evident on all infrastructure and on the personnel.
The Igando General Hospital makes a mockery of the prescribed World Health Organisation (WHO) standard on number of patients a doctor handles per day. We can imagine what the conditions of other health facilities located outside Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt were the preying eyes of the public is absent would look like.â€