Patients, Caregivers Lament As AKTH Suffers Blackout

Patients and caregivers at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) have described the recent electricity blackout in the hospital as very pathetic as the problem lingers.

Despite generating millions of Naira in revenue, the situation in the hospital, according to some patients, has made health service provision very difficult in the last few days due to the lack of electricity in the hospital.

Daily Trust reports that aside from being a revenue-generating institution, the hospital also gets several billions of Naira from yearly budgets. For instance, in the 2021 approved estimates, the hospital budgeted N94,477,994 for electricity charges and N15,000,000 for plant/generator fuel costs. It also budgeted N20,045,756 for the construction/provision of electricity, the same amount budgeted for the provision of solar power for the hospital.

Muhammad Adam, whose relative has been on admission at the male ward in the last 14 days, said lack of electricity experienced in the hospital has gone from bad to worst.

He explained that initially, the hospital management adopted load shedding technique to some wards in order to allow patients and other caregivers to relatively have a share of the electricity being shared.

He added that it was unfortunate that in recent days most wards in the hospital stay for hours without a power supply.

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