We Did Not Receive N118m from Oyo State Government - UCH Denies Report
Ibadan, the country's first teaching hospital, has punctuated statements from the state government of Oyo that it has earned N118 million of the N2.7 billion that the state government says it has invested so far on managing and controlling COVID-19 pandemics.
It should be recalled that the state government had, through the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo invested N370 million on setting up the Infectious Disease Center, Olodo in Ibadan; N453 million on border protection; N128 million on providing support for research collaboration at the University College Hospital, Ibadan; N900 million.
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However, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, through his Officer for Public Relations, said he did not receive any money from the Oyo State government.
Akinrinlola said: "We asked some Oyo State officials for confirmation, but there seems to be a confusion between the Ibadan University College of Medicine and the Ibadan University College Hospital.
"So it behoves the UCH management to straighten the record. We emphasize hereby that Ibadan University College Hospital received no monetary donation or donation from the government of Oyo State.
"The Chief Medical Director of the UCH is a COVID 19 task force member of Oyo State. He should know whether UCH received any money outside the 250 parts of the PPE given to the hospital.
"All other services rendered by UCH to the State of Oyo were purely humanitarian and the hospital received no financial benefits."
"UCH has managed to cope with the severities of the pandemic through contributions from the NCDC, several private bodies, well-meant Nigerians, medical alumni associations, staff and hospital graduates."
"I wish therefore to reiterate that the UCH receives no N118 m as claimed by the Oyo State Government."