Healthcare is endangered in LUTH, says JAF
The Joint Action Front (JAF), has demanded the immediate restructuring of healthcare services at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in order to ensure that members of the public have access to quality healthcare services, irrespective of their financial status.
At a press briefing in Lagos, the group called on Nigerians to reject what it called the privatisation and commercialisation of public facilities by LUTH’s management, which it said has resorted to the collection of N50, 000 deposit before any patient is attended to.
JAF Chairperson, Dr. Dipo Fasina, stressed the need for Nigerians to resist the wicked and anti-human step, while also calling for the stoppage of the victimisation of patriotic doctors and health workers.
While insisting on adequate funding and democratic management of the health sector, the group said it was no longer news that LUTH has become a go-and-die hospital, and a no-go-area for poor Nigerians, despite being established as a public institution to save lives and improve healthcare delivery, adding that all these are caused by alleged irresponsible management at the health facility.
Fasina said: “The dialysis center was shut for over a year and was just reopened with only one functional dialysis machine, when a teaching hospital such as LUTH should ideally have at least 20. Also, ideally, there should be separate machines dedicated to patients with Hepatitis and HIV in order to prevent cross infection, but there is none. Why is LUTH neglecting Hepatitis and HIV patients?”
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