Water has become so rare at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, that patients, including newly-delivered mothers, are turning to “pure water” sachets to get cleaned up.
This is according to investigative journalist ‘Fisayo Soyombo who raised alarm about the reported state of affairs at the UCH.
“Patients at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, have been telling me about the water crisis in the hospital and its implications for public health,” Soyombo, who has won multiple awards for his investitive reporting, wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“Women who have just put to bed are being told to buy sachets of water to clean up. Life is especially hard for women in this category because their heavy flow of blood can’t be held for long without using water to clean up before they change their sanitary towels.
“Hospitalised, menstruating women say they’re a mess during their periods. Pregnant women, who naturally urinate frequently, force themselves to suppress the urge just to avoid using toilets without water.
“One woman even recently contracted an infection at the end of her admission at the hospital.
“This is UCH we’re talking about, not a health centre. The UCH management has got to do something really fast,” he said.