Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Female patient receiving treatments at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMH) in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State yesterday came out of their wards in protest over the poor power supply.
The protesters who included nursing mothers also expressed worries over the state of infrastructure at the Hospital.
They lamented that the state of the state owned Hospital poses health risk to the patients if nothing is done.
One of the protesters, Grace Obuke disclosed that the women took to protest because a woman lost her baby in the incubator because of lack of power supply.
Grace called on the Rivers State Government and the Management of BMSH to improve the facilities and the services in the hospital.
Another protester who spoke in confidence said, “I am a nursing mother and my baby is in the incubator. For three days now the hospital has not had light. We lost a baby there yesterday because there was no light. No water, everything is just anyhow yet we pay for everything that they use there. There is nothing we don’t pay for.”
Husband to a woman who lost his baby in the incubator, Mr. Joshua Tamunochin, narrated, “I lost my baby because there is no light. I have spent over N300,000 on my wife’s pregnancy till she gave birth to this baby only to lost him in the BMH. What will I tell God.”
When contacted at press time, the Public Relations Officer of BMSH, Mr. Douglas Omubo-Pepple, said he was in a meeting and would reach our correspondent in later.
But, the Permanent Secretary of the Rivers state Ministry of Health, Caroline Wali stated that the baby could not have died as a result lack of power supply.
Wali, who disclosed that the State Government was working on the three generators in the hospital, added, “The baby may have died as a result of infection or even complication. The baby could not have died in the incubator.”