The Chief Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka, Anambra, Dr Joe Akabuike, has revealed that the hospital spends between N7m and N8m every month to meet its electricity demands.
Akabuike stated this at the state House of Assembly complex, Awka, shortly after meeting with the house committee on health.
He said the heavy spending on diesel is because the hospital has machines and equipment that require constant electricity supply to function effectively as it could not rely on the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company for power supply.
He added that the hospital cannot afford to take the risk of depending on the EEDC, especially as it deals mostly with emergency situations.
According to him, the hospital bought a litre of diesel at N800 and that some of the machines consumed almost a drum of diesel to function effectively.
He also pointed out the need to upgrade most of the structures at the hospital, adding that through Reverse Medical Tourism, the people in the diaspora can partner with the state government in the provision of some of the machines required to perform certain operations.
Akabuike called on well meaning individuals to adopt buildings in the teaching hospital so that there will be more structures on ground, adding that, with his vast experience and expertise, he will get people to make the structures operational.