NPA Medical Centre disconnected from national grid

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority

Many months after the Nigerian Ports Authority Medical Centre at Bode Thomas Surulere Lagos had been disconnected from the national grid and their transformer carted away by officials of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, the two generating sets that power the facility have packed up leaving the place in a limbo.
While the medical centre gropes in the dark, frustrated medical staff including doctors and nurses laze about helplessly as the wards have become empty with people coming to fetch their sick ones for treatment elsewhere. When PortNews visited one of the wards, only a patient was in a bed while other beds had been evacuated. “Situation here is critical. Imagine a hospital without light or power, we have been working here with our resources, I now have to charge my handset battery frequently because I use it as torchlight while attending to patients, it’s that bad,” lamented a medical staff. “How do we retrieve a patient’s file when it is in our computer system and there is no electricity?”, he asked
PortNews learnt reliably that the medical centre had been disconnected from the national grid with their transformer uprooted and taken away by Eko Electricity for close to a year for failure to offset accumulated elecricity bills running into millions of Naira.
Situations have reached a head and there seems to be no hope in sight that the Centre may be back to light soon as the generator repairers have not been paid by NPA managements. Infact, it was learnt that the technicians had commenced repair work only to suspends it, remove the parts already installed when it dawned on them that they might not be paid after completing the repairs.
In the meantime, both the two generating sets and the entire staff of the medical centre will remain redundant until NPA Headquarters remember them.

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