By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
Edo State Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, Mr. Yekini Idaiye was on Tuesday involved in bulk passing over water scarcity that hit the Central Hospital Complex in Benin City.
Idaiye, directed our correspondent in a telephone interview to speak with the Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo to clarify on the contentious issue.
He, however, called back later and assured that steps have been taken to address the problem.
According to him, “there are four boreholes there, but, one of them went bad at the weekend.”
But the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, said: “There is no shortage there.”
This just as the spokesman for the protesting patients, Mr. Osaro Asemota, decried poor sanitary condition of the hospital which was built in 1906.
Asemota who alleged that his father was admitted to the hospital on September 5, 2018, said caregivers attached to sick people in the hospital, trek 80 meters twice daily to fetch water outside the hospital premises.
“We had reported to the management of the hospital and they said there is nothing that they can do and we should look for water elsewhere.
“I feel this is bad because I have to cross Sapele road to fetch water from the prisons yard which we use. I have done that for two weeks.
“Some of the toilets are filled with maggots. There are weeds all over the place. If the patient urinate, they will tell us to throw it to the bushes close to where patients are living.
“This morning, my Daddy in the male ward, passed out faeces on his body this morning (Tuesday morning), and there was no water to wash his body. Things are now okay in this Country”, he wept.
A top management staff of Central Hospital who craved for anonymity, said the water scarcity started on Monday evening when his tap stopped running.
He alleged sabotage on the path of unnamed persons who do not mean well for the hospital.
According to him, “Plumbers have started fixing the problem.
A check around the hospital on Tuesday morning indicated that remedial work to fix the plumbing problem has began while the stench emanating from the refuse dump in the hospital has remained a source of worry to many.