Ika residents have cried out over the nonchalant and lackadaisical attitude of the staff and management of Central Hospital Agbor to the plight of patients.
Speaking with Ika Weekly Newspaper during the week, some residents who have had a firsthand experience bared their minds on what they passed through at the hospital.
Giving his name as Mr. Emmanuel Okonta, an elderly man who said he took his wife for delivery narrated that on getting to the Central hospital, Agbor he was asked by the staff to bring money to fuel the hospital generator before his wife will be attended to, even when the hospital had light from BEDC. He said he was bitter about it but had to oblige so that his wife will be attended to.
Another resident in her late 30s who pleaded anonymity, recounting her ordeal said she lost her first issue due to the negligence of the staff of Central Hospital, Agbor who refused to attend to her until she raised alarm and threatened to cause a scene. She explained that on eventual delivery, they refused to properly attend to her baby, which according to her led to the baby’s the subsequent day.
A young lady who gave her name as Miss. Elizabeth Okoh in her own case, said while she was admitted at the Hospital; she got thirsty at the wee hours of the night and asked for drinking water from the nurse on duty, but was told that the hospital has no drinking water. According to her, she slept through her taste and had to wait till day break to get water outside the Hospital.
Mr. John Ishichie frowned at the darkness that engulfs the hospital at night, he said but for light from PHCN, the hospital is always in a dark state. He asserted that on one of the recent occasions he visited a staff at the hospital at 8pm, people were seen operating and moving about with the aid of phone torch light because the hospital compound was in perpetual darkness.
He complained that such attitudes have gone on for too long, calling on the State Hospital Management Board, (HMB) to act accordingly.
Ika Weekly Newspaper gathered that there are cases where patients are attended to with the aid of torch lights due to the inability of the Hospitals Management to power the generator of the Hospital.
During a visit to the hospital recently, it was noticed by our reporters that a part of the walk way is gradually wearing off, but no action has been taken by the hospital management to address the situation in order to forestall complete damage.
It was also observed that the hospital has zero security at night and visitors can walk from the entrance down to the wards and offices without being noticed as there are no security operatives at the gates to stop them.
With all these and many other experiences, some residents expressed fear over the security of patients and staff who work at night owing to the lack of security at the hospital. They appealed to the appropriate authorities to call the hospitals management to order and ensure they are effectively monitored.
They opined that some have lost their loved ones due to the negligence of some uncommitted nurses.
They commended Governor Okowa for renovating the hospital, but charged him to pay closer attention to the operation of the hospital especially as he is from the medical field.