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Power Outage: Nigeria’s University Teaching Hospital Denies Death of 14 Babies As Doctors Suspend Surgery Procedures 

The report that more than 14 infants have died inside the incubator of Nigeria’s University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), due to power outage has been debunked by the hospital source.

According to the impeccable source, “I don’t know where they got the information about 14 babies that died due to power outage.

“The story is not true. With the light issue we had, all babies that needed urgent attentions were sent out. No baby died because there was no light,” the source said.

lHowever, some patients at the hospital confirmed that some surgery procedures have also been suspended due to irregular power supply.

Meanwhile, a medical officer at the hospital who spoke with journalists on the conditions of anonymity said among the dead babies were the twin babies of a woman who had been looking for the fruit of the womb for seven years.

She said the woman gave birth last month but due to the premature nature of the delivery, they were put in an incubator.

“I’m saddened. We lost those twins on Wednesday because of power failure at the hospital. More than 14 babies have died at the incubator in the past weeks due to power failure”, she said.

A Twitter handle had alleged that:
14 BABIES DIED AT UPTH’S INCUBATOR DUE POWER OUTAGES.
UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT TEACHING HOSPITAL IN ZOOLOGICAL REPUBLIC CALLED NIGERIA .
HELL FIRE IS FAR BETTER THAN NIGERIA .
BECAUSE NO INNOCENT CHILDREN IN HELL. PIC.TWITTER.COM/QI5DOKH1DW

— EMEKA UBURU (@ALABAZONE3) JULY 2, 2022

Other patients told ‘StandardObserver’ that they were being referred to private hospitals by doctors due to the poor power situation.

 

They added that their relatives use their phone light to aid doctors and nurses who are taking care of the person he rushed to the Accident and Emergency Ward.

When contacted for comments, Prof. C. N. Mato, the hospital’s provost had declined to comment on the matter.

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