Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Fuel Scarcity Cripples Medical Services Nationwide

Our country is currently in the throes of a fuel crisis and like many businesses, medical services in have been affected too.

According to a report by PUNCH, apart from paying more to get fuel from black market operators, hospital owners said they had to turn patients back in cases of emergency due to the fuel crisis.

The Medical Director, Healing Springs Medical Centre, Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Tunde Atunrase, said  he could not transfuse and admit a road accident victim over the weekend due to lack of fuel to power his generators.

He said, “I could only dress the wounds and stabilise him because his condition required a surgical operation to be performed. I needed to take his blood samples and do some tests before we could transfuse him. Unfortunately, the laboratories around the area also did not have electricity to carry out these tests.

A pharmacist, Mr. John Ali, complained that he had to dispose of some vaccines and drugs that were spoilt due to lack of electricity to power the drug store.

Owners of some diagnostic centres, also said they had not been able to process many medical results due to lack of fuel to power their equipment.

Hopefully, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, will make the queues disappear by April as promised.

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