Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, the Chief Medical Director of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), says said the hospital spend between N40 to N67 million on diesel.
Ahidjo made this known in an interview on Friday in Maiduguri.
He said since the transmission line supplying power to Maiduguri was destroyed in January 2021 by insurgents, the hospital depends largely on generators for its operations.
”The single most costly item among all the expenditure of this hospital is diesel. Averagely we spent between N40 to N67.5million monthly on diesel and the gross revenue generation for the hospital is averagely N40m.
“So, that means diesel alone takes up everything not to talk of other consumables and drugs that we need to run the hospital which is averagely about N58m monthly,” Ahidjo said.
He urged well-meaning individuals and organisations to come to the aid of the hospital.
The CMD who lauded Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno for the efforts made to address the power challenge facing Maiduguri and environs, urged the Federal Government to hasten work on the approved 50mw Maiduguri gas power plant station.
He explained that the teaching hospital has conducted the bidding for the procurement and installation of solar-powered security street lights.
“This will help us to ensure we use the solar now the most cost effective energy that we have to provide electricity to some areas in the hospital, ” Ahidjo said.
He urged well meaning individuals and organisations to come to the aid of the hospital by assisting it in the provision of diesel or any form of electricity supply that would serve as supplement to the heavy dependence on diesel.