UNIPORT Teaching Hospital Debunks Reports About Death Of Incubator Babies Due To Power Outage


The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Teaching Hospital stated, on Saturday, July 2, that there is no iota of truth in the reports that some babies died in the Special Care Baby Unit.

Prof Lucky Onotai, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, UNIPORT Teaching Hospital, made this disclosure during an interview with BBC Pidgin.

According to him, no babies died, contrary to reports about the death in the incubators at the neo-natal unit of the hospital due to a lack of power supply.

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He further added that in the eventuality of a power outage, there is a back-up generator that the institution works with during emergencies.

Onotai explained;

The reports are false. One should ask where the parents of the babies are? And why they refuse to scream alarm?

Of course, there are power challenges but that is the situation across the country but we have a back-up generator.

The issue is the faulty transformer which had been fixed but the UNIPORT Teaching Hospital switches on its back-up generator every other day. The reports are false.

A mother, Peace Marcus, who spoke, noted that she has been at the hospital due to her pre-term baby at the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

Peace clarified that since she has been at the institution for over a year, she did not witness any baby’s death while her infant continue to receive care in the incubator.


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