LUTH set to run on Independent Power Project
• Chapel of Healing Cross donates crèche to hospital
IN the next one month, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), will start depending on an Independent Power Plant (IPP) for its electricity.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode at the dedication and opening ceremony of N14 million LUTH staff crèche, built by Chapel of the Healing Cross, Idi-Araba, Surulere, Lagos State.
Meanwhile, the CMD used the opportunity to appeal to health workers to let peace reign in the sector and give the new administration time to settle down and consequently, sort out their demands.
Bode said the institution entered into a Public Private Partnership with a private investor to build a power plant in the premises, which would supply them electricity for effective healthcare delivery.
The CMD, who was very enthusiastic of the project, noted that this development would ensure that the hospital becomes an important player in the health industry, noting that no serious health establishment would perform at its optimum relying on the public power supply.
He said: “Government has unbundled the power sector. Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has an independent power project. The General Hospitals in Lagos have it. We also are coming into the process of putting in place a Public Private Partnership where somebody is building a power generation plant within our premises and will supply power to us; we will simply buy power from them.
“This will ensure an uninterrupted power supply, which is quite germane in the process of rendering healthcare service to anybody anywhere in the world. If you are going to be a serious player in this industry, you must have power supply and with this, we can ramp up the efficiency of the system.”
Bode, who pointed out that there was financial crisis in the country, urged health workers not to embark on any strike at the moment. Appealing to his colleagues to consider the plight of the masses, he urged them to engage in dialogue with relevant authorities for an amicable resolution.
“These are very difficult times in Nigeria. Many state governments cannot pay salaries and government’s earning has plummeted with the fall in global oil price. A new government has just come in.
“I will just appeal to all my colleagues and every stakeholder in the healthcare to let peace reign for now. People don’t want to see strike now. They want treatment and that is what we should give them.
“I implore all concerned to be patient with this new government and I am sure something good would come out in it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chapel Resident Minister (CRM) Chapel of the Healing Cross, Ven. (Arc) Tunde Osho said that the project was done as part of their contribution to the progress of the institution and also as part of the activities to celebrate the church’s 50th anniversary, which was celebrated in 2013.
Osho disclosed a previous donation of cardio-vascular equipment that cost N6 million in 2013 noted that they were part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
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