The Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, yesterday explained that its cancer machine (Linear accelerator) has not been functioning in the last two months due to technical faults.
This came as management of the hospital faulted the recent call for the removal of the Chief Medical Director, CMD, Prof. Chris Bode, from office by Lagos State branch of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, querying the legality of such call.
Addressing a press conference on ongoing projects at LUTH, the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Bode, disclosed that N18 million was needed to fix the cancer machine.
Bode, who also explained that money was not the reason the machine had remained in a state of disrepair, said the N18 million needed for the machine was at hand but noted that work on the machine was stalled due to lack of local expertise and the materials.
“The machine broke down two months ago when the iron pomp failed and it is not about money because we want it to be repaired like yesterday.”
“It will cost us N18 million to repair. As we speak, we are holding onto the money. When the company will import what they need to and we would give them the money.
“In fact, there is plan now to engage another private investor to put the second linear accelerator in LUTHbecause of the enormity of the number of people that required it.