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LUTH, FMC, others in humanitarian crisis, report indicates



Humanitarian crisis, corruption and mismanagement at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, have resulted in unhygienic conditions, severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies in the hospital.

Two other Federal Government hospitals in Lagos-the National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi (NOHIL) and Federal Medical Centre (FMC)- are also trapped in the rot, making it difficult for most Nigerians to obtain essential medical care, a report has said.
The report titled: Failing Healthcare: How Federal Hospitals Are Letting Down The Poor And Making Healthcare A Privilege Rather Than A Right, was presented to the media by Dean, School of Law, American University of Nigeria, Yola, Professor Dejo Olowu in Lagos.

The report shows sharp deterioration in the quality and safety of care at the health facilities.
“LUTH, NOHIL and FMC do not have enough cancer treatment machines. Linear Accelerator (LINAC), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CT scan machines are not working optimally due to erratic electricity, even as the hospitals do not have backup plans.
“A LINAC costs about $5m and the six procured by the Federal Government for six teaching hospitals have packed up.

The dialysis machine at LUTH is outdated and dysfunctional at the time of study.’’

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