Hospital equipment worth several millions of Naira was traced to a private residence in Akwa Ibom state instead of a cottage hospital it was supposed to be.
The equipment was discovered by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission ICPC on Wednesday in a private home whereas it was supposed to have been delivered to a cottage hospital since 2018.
ICPC disclosed that the equipment consists of one dialysis machine, two 15KVA generators, infant incubators, and others. The equipment was assigned to the cottage hospital in Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state but was not delivered.
Mr. Shola Shodipo briefing newsmen in Uyo revealed that the commission while investigating the contract awarded to equip the said hospital traced the equipment to the private home instead of the hospital.
According to him, “ICPC is interested in constituency projects and has set up tracking groups in the twelve states of the federation. In the course of our assignment, we discovered that the equipment meant for the supply of three dialysis machines and other equipment for the Ukana Cottage hospital were not delivered. We found only one in a private place which was not delivered or put in place in the hospital.
“They were found in that building that we went to. These machines and other equipment were meant to be delivered since 2018. We have taken the equipment to the appropriate location. The equipment is supposed to help the community in health care delivery.
As to who might be responsible for this reprehensible act Shodipo said. “We are still in the process of investigation. I will not be able to tell for now, but I can tell you that the equipment was meant for the cottage hospital. A particular company was awarded the contract”
Meanwhile, Dr. Mary Udoh, the Medical Consultant to the hospital expressed delight for the recovered equipment which has finally been delivered to the hospital.
She said the equipment delivered was timely and necessity towards saving lives and ensuring effective health care delivery to the community.