OVERVIEW OF: UCH Ibadan: Sachet Water Sellers inflate Prices as Scarcity Persists in Hospital
Sellers of sachet water at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan are currently making brisk business with the commodity following the lack of water supply to the hospital.
A visit by Our Source correspondent to the hospital on Thursday revealed that sachet water seller has randomly increased their prices.
Our correspondent learned that the sachet water christened, UCH Grace sachet water with NAFDAC registration number C1-5851L is being produced by UCH Grace CICS Multi Ventures.
It is the only sachet water that is allowed to be sold in the hospital, Our Source gathered.
Our Source gathered that a bag of sachet water which is sold between N100 and N120 in some parts of Ibadan is being sold between N150 and N200 in the hospital.
Recall that medical doctors at the UCH suspended all surgical operations until further notice for lack of water
Investigations by Our Source in Ibadan showed that patients on admission and their relatives have had to solve their water needs from other sources, including buying sachet water bags.
A visit to some shops in the hospital community showed that traders have hiked the prices of bags of sachet water to N150 and N200.
While some sold a bag of water at N150, others insisted on selling at N160 while some other shops selling the same product at N200 a bag.
Despite the hike, some patient's relatives were seen carrying bags of sachet water to the wards as there is no alternative solution to the water crisis.
A patient who was at the hospital for an eye examination said he was pr3ssed but could not use the toilet for lack of water in the building.
He said, “I am looking for where to defecate because there is no water in the wards. If I can see bush to defecate. This place is not a good place to come. I want to do an eye examination and I have not been attended to.”
However, the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Toye Akinrinlola when contacted told Our Source that the water scarcity was caused by ongoing renovation in the hospital.
Akinrinlola had on Wednesday told Our Source that the renovation is to be completed in three weeks.
“When you visited UCH what did you observed? You will observe that there is a massive renovation ongoing. We are replacing the sewage system, that is why we have to shut down some facilities.
“When such renovation is ongoing, we have to shut down five blocks. We do not admit patients except few critical cases.
“The renovation is to be completed in three weeks. The issue of water scarcity that came up this morning is very strange to me. We have shut down our water plant and we cannot bring water from outside because we have our own water treatment plant. The best is for our patients to be patient with us.”