UPTH denies claim of 14 babies dying due to power outage

The management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has debunked viral reports f 14 babies dying in its special care baby unit due to a power outage.

Lucky Onotai, professor and chairman of the medical advisory committee at UPTH dismissed the claim, adding that “nothing like that happened”.

He, however, confirmed there were some “transformer issues” but insisted it did not affect the special baby care unit, where the incubators are kept.

Onotai said; 

“I don’t know why people like to thrive on fake news. I have said this before, nothing like that happened. People just want to tarnish the hospital’s name.

“Yes, there was a power outage, but there are special departments that have dedicated generators on standby. One of them is the special baby care unit. It is impossible for power to go out that long. If anyone died, why haven’t the mothers come forward?

“The hospital’s PRO has also confirmed that it is fake news. We receive hospital statistics every day, but nothing of such has happened. People like to spread false news like a wildfire in a dry harmattan.”

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