Legacy of neglect

The report said: “The hospital has been facing funding problems for years, which according to sources has affected its operations. The Nation investigation discovered that the hospital in April generated N177 million, which to an insider is not enough to run its activities.”

The newspaper’s investigation showed that “the hospital’s X-ray machine and the CT SCAN machine are non-functioning.”  The correspondent, “who went inside the emergency ward X-ray machine unit, discovered that it has been non-operational for the past two months.”

The report continued: “The Nation’s checks on the state of funding by the state government through the Ministry of Health discovered that the Ministry got N21.19 billion for 2018, N15.1 billion for 2017, N14.346 billion for 2016, while effort to get budgets for the hospital proved abortive as the link housing details to Ogun State budget are either broken or direct a reader to the Ogun State website homepage. It was also impossible to get the OOUTH’s yearly budget by the government from 2016 to 2019.The hospital only got N1, 000,000 subvention funds from the government on monthly basis.”

Predictably, the immediate past Commissioner for Health, Babatunde  Ipaye, was quoted as saying that The Nation’s findings about the  deplorable  state of the hospital were untrue and politically motivated. He accused some staff of the hospital of spreading falsehood about the state of the hospital.  ”What is happening at OOUTH Sagamu is different from the lies being peddled on social media,” he said.

The report was gripping enough to grab the attention of Governor Dapo Abiodun, who paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital to see for himself.  ”I don’t see how this place can produce good doctors; we shall go back to drawing board. The place is substandard,” he observed. “This hospital is in a depressing state. We shall look into facilities and personnel and would soon put up a team, after a final report from the Medical Director, on how to revive the lost glory of the hospital.”

The hospital’s deterioration reflects neglect by the immediate past administration of former governor Ibikunle Amosun. Amosun was governor for eight years, and left the hospital in its present discreditable state. That is no credit to him.

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