Hospitals shutting down over high cost of diesel

Members of the Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria have raised the alarm that some hospitals have shut down, due to the hike in the price of diesel in Rivers State and other states.

Some others are struggling to render services.

General Secretary of the organization, Festus Ossai, said that many private healthcare facilities can no longer cope with the cost of running their hospitals.

He also said that some medical procedures and services have been affected as most hospitals do not have 24 hours power supply.

He also added that the current price of diesel slightly affected the price of health services and patients are complaining.

Dr Ossai warned that the development will affect healthcare delivery in the country.

For months, Nigerians have been facing facing biting energy crisis.

The price of diesel has risen from N250 to about N650 per liter. There has also been rise in the price of cooking gas, petrol and electricity.

Activities in many parts of the country, including Rivers State have also been grounded by petrol scarcity.

However, the Rivers State Government, through the Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Dry Peter Medee has set up a Task force that daily monitors the loading of Petroleum products and NNPC Depot at the official control price.

To ensure that the quantity lifted is distributed to designated retail outlets, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources publishes the daily manifest stating which Petrol Stations have products, which must be sold at the official prices.

Our Correspondent reports that to boost the healthcare services and assist the private hospitals, the state government had approved and released revolving loan to the owners of private hospitals.

Regrettably, Governor Wike later observed that those who benefited refused to show accountability and repay so that the funds could go round to others yet to access the funds.

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