Patients cry out as Rivers State University Teaching Hospital goes 12 hours without electricity

Families of patients admitted at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, RSUTH, have cried out following power outage at tertiary hospital.

They said power went off early on Saturday morning and has not been restored.

Thoughg the hospital has back up generators, they were said to be without diesel.

Families who spoke to theportcitynews said patients are suffering while the power outage might lead to deaths.

One family member of a patient who spoke on the condition of anonymity describe the situation as frightening and unfortunate.

He said: “Despite the outrageous bills patients pay, it is frightening that the hospital can go for hours without power.

“Imagine if there are patients in the ICU who need electricity for their breathers to work, or children in incubators. This is ridiculous,” he said.

The Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital, Dr Friday Aaron, did not immediately respond to inquiries for comments.