Twitter has in the last couple of hours being agog with stories about the sorry state of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH).
It has been about how one of the best public owned hospital in country became a death trap to Nigerians.
Trending under the
#SaveOOUTH, the hospital once regarded as the best State owned in the country, has been reduced to a glorified morgue.
The hospital, which was transformed from general to a teaching one after the establishment of Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), is being confronted with inadequate staffing, dearth of facilities, dilapidated structures as well as unpaid salary.
Strategically located in the heart of Sagamu town in such a way that it is the natural point of attraction to accident victims on the Lagos-Ibadan and Sagamu-Benin expressways, is confronted with a myriad of challenges.
The hospital lacks common X-ray facilities.
Some tweeted that patients in need of X-ray, him/her has would have to go to a nearby private hospital whether in the town or an adjoining town before he/she can have it done.
Many patients have been reported to have lost their lives waiting for treatment.
Also, the teaching hospital operates in the dark when Electricity company fails to supply the hospital with power, with health workers attending to patients in the dark with the use of torch lights, mobile phones and flash light.
Some facilities within the 25-year old hospital are in a sorry state while some areas are overgrown with weed. The toilets and some buildings are in dilapidated conditions.
Experience shared on social media about the hospital tell of a sad tale that is unbecoming of government institutions across the country.
Leading the charge, Dr Harvey Olufunmilayo, a former student of OOUTH now based in the United Kingdom disclosed that the hospital has become a death trap.
Dr Olufunmilayo said, “God forbid you travel on Lagos Ibadan Expressway and have an accident that gets you rushed to OOUTH Sagamu You are done for. NO Brain Surgeon for Urgent head injuries. NO Plastic Surgeon for burns or extensive skin trauma. NO Thoracic Surgeon for chest injuries.”
“I graduated from OOUTH myself. Back then around when we got in, we heard it was adjudged the Best Medical School in the Country around that time (about 2002 or so). But now you have a Teaching Hospital that cannot even qualify to be called an immunisation Centre.”
“Incase you are NOT aware, the CLOSEST hospital for most accident cases on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway is this same OOUTH. Yet the Emergency Unit has NO X-ray. It has NO beds if there are many casualties. Patients have NO privacy. I hope someone looks into all this.”
“As we speak, There is NO Professor of Neurology, There is NO Professor of Dermatology, There is NO Plastic Surgeon or Chest Surgeon Or Brain Surgeon. There is NO rheumatologist. And some of the above used to be there but left. And NO attempts made to replace them.”
“The hospital laboratories are so understaffed and under-equipped that patients do blood tests and the “results” only come out AFTER they are dead. Or discharged. Blood tests that ordinarily you should get the results the same day. OOUTH is an absolute death trap.”
“There was a 3 Day Warning Strike by the doctors at OOUTH to protest the lack of equipments and materials for proper medical care. Nothing was done. OOUTH has ONLY one functioning Dialyzer for kidney failure patients. No CT Scan. No Xray at Emergency Unit. Terrible.”
“Incase you don’t understand. This is it: IF you get rushed in as an accident victim from Lagos Ibadan expressway unconscious in need of blood to save your life, IF there is NO relative, you will NOT get blood. And that means you are dead. Is this even a hospital?”
“Someone went to OOUTH for HIV testing. And for a whole month, he was unable to do it. They keep telling him, they have NO strips and they are waiting for delivery of new ones. A whole month! Such a disgrace for a hospital. Even roadside chemists have HIV Strips.”
“The Obstetrics/Gynaecology Labour Ward is in such a terrible state I hear the walls are green, leaking and full of moulds. Yet it is the same arena that Pregnant women are made to welcome their fragile newborn into the world. Later we wonder why they get infection.”
Another social media user, DR. O.B.A Winsome, on his part tweeted about the dirty environment visible across the hospital.
He said, “You wonder how the children survive with the pool of stagnant water breeding mosquitoes in a gutter fencing the ward. I wonder what health is? If the hospital cannot preach hygiene”.
“Lack of residents made House officers upgraded residents. Imagine a newbie missing out that life changing sign because he is actually under training with no resident to guide or the only over worked resident needed a sick off. Mehn OYO”.
“Labour ward without fans and you still have to close the windows because nurses are scared of a snake crawling in. *we rather die of heat than a bite which the hospital has No antivenom.”
“Renovations are interestingly funny. Still you old school louvers, fans and window nets. Thank God for the power of paint. Break some walls, build the same wall and change the ceiling, roofs and paint
#gbaun you got a renovation lol”.
“My greatest salute was when an abandoned building in the quarters was repainted to give a false perspective of being used. That was a great wow just to see it waste away years after. We would have thought renovations starts from painting before interiors”.
Another user with the name Busayomi said the hospital only have two lab scientists.
“There are just two lab scientists at the moment at OOUTH and one is presently on leave with series of tests to run so imagine the workload and stress. It’s really not easy for them either.”
“I’m a student at OOUTH and was placed on admission at the Accident and Emergency Unit some days back and I know how much these people went all out for me and others that was brought in. Even when doctors were on strike, a doctor still came in and did 2 shifts together.
“But imagine a ward you are placed in and the roof has sank in, mosquitoes feasting on patients due to overtorn nets. Even the buildings are worn out, now imagine the state of equipments and to think that’s the only teaching hospital in state. Indeed something needs to be done.”