By Chioma Obinna
Fifteen months after the Ibom Specialty Hospital, Akwa Ibom State, began operations, the facility is yet to be connected to the national grid.
The hospital which became operational in November, 2016 has continued to depend on generators to power its services.
Disclosing this to newsmen during a facility tour of the hospital, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Adewale Adekanye, appealed to the authorities for assistance and do the needful.
Adekanye, who identified lack of electricity as a major set back to the hospital, said that the operational cost was affecting the hospital’s charges.
“One of the challenges is that we are not connected to the national grid. We run on generator. That is one of the reasons our services tend to be a little higher even though our services are not comparable to what you will get elsewhere in the country. That is one area that we really need improvement.”
Adekanye who stressed the need for government to collaborate with the hospital, also appealed to government to fast-track the completion of the remaining parts of the hospital.
Listing other areas of challenge confronting the hospital, he said: “We need collaboration with state and federal governments, companies and stakeholders amongst others. We need them to bring their people and get the best of services even at affordable rates compared to flying patients abroad or to Lagos. Here, it is actually affordable. We need collaboration and partnership.
“There is a lot of potential in this hospital because this place was built to stop medical tourism and we have treated patients who would have travelled abroad and they were able to get treated here.”