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UCH Deneis Receiving N118m COVID-19 Funds

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The University College Hospital, UCH, says that it has not received any money from the Oyo State Government in its fight against COVID-19 in the state.

The Public Relations Officer, UCH, Toye Akinrinlola, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

Oyo had claimed that over N2.7 billion had been spent on the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo, stated that N118 million out of the N2.7billion was given as support to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, for COVID-19 tests.

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However, UCH said it only got donations from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, some corporate bodies, well-meaning Nigerians, alumni associations, staff and students.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the management of the University College Hospital, Ibadan has been drawn to the content of a press release from the Oyo State Government that the sum of N118 million was given to the hospital to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We contacted some officials of Oyo State for clarification on this, but it seems there is a misunderstanding in the difference between the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan and the University College Hospital Ibadan. It, therefore, behoves the Management of the UCH to put the record straight.

“We hereby state emphatically that the University College Hospital, Ibadan did not and has not received any monetary donation from the Oyo State Government.

“The Chief Medical Director of the UCH is a member of the Oyo State COVID-19 task force. He should know if any money was given to UCH outside the 250 pieces of the PPE given to the hospital.

“All other services rendered to Oyo State by UCH have been strictly humanitarian and no financial benefits have accrued to the hospital.

“I, therefore, wish to say once again that the UCH is not in receipt of any N118m as claimed by the Oyo State Government.”

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