Yaay….Compliments of the Season as we anticipate a fabulous 2020 guyyyys. I feel so excited having to write again as I have been MIA for a bit.
For the past decade, I, as well as many others have moved from one unique phase in life to the next level (usually coming with added responsibilities).
My memory lane.
In the past decade beginning 2010, I successfully scaled through a two year Diploma in Law programme which aided my gaining admission to study Civil Law in the same University. In 2014, I again successfully completed my course of study and moved ahead to Law school in 2015. By 2016 I was called to the Nigerian Bar whilst also completing my National Youth Service in Abuja. By then I had gained employment and began building work experience in Corporate practice/ Real estate/ Youth Development/ Administration and HR. Come 2017, I got married to my heart beat. By 2018, Dec 17 we welcomed our sweet little baby girl and my Oh my, it has been quite a beautiful journey through these years till date.
This sums my journey through the 10 years with so much growth mentally, spiritually, financially, physically and all things good. God has been awesome indeed, and it helps to list these things as it aids gratitude amidst any doubts. So pleeeeease, do share your Memory lane in the comment section.
I couldn’t help but recall an information of some sort I had come across around this time. Most importantly was the fact that the status of said information, remained same which became quite disturbing hence making me wonder if real change could ever be attained in Nigeria or Two wrongs will someday = Right.
Back in 2016, my bestie who worked for a Federal Government Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria as a Medical Doctor had relayed to me the travails he and his colleagues had to deal with on a daily basis while on duty. One struck me back then and it was about the Hospital not having provided the Doctors suitable and decent rooms to have their rest while on Call especially through the nights.
I had then asked so innocently, ‘Does the Management expect you to sleep in your car or what, when the Call for the night is not busy?’. He laughed… suprisingly so heartily, then added that he slept in his SUV boot which was quite spacious when the night was not busy because the only call room available was always swamped with huge mosquitoes and the two mattresses had been riddled with bed bugs and the room generally had a foul laterine smell. And that while his colleagues on Call have had to manage the room, he couldn’t bring himself to battle with the ‘flying terrorists’ as he was prone to Malaria.
I consoled myself with the belief that sooner than later, the needful would be done by Management whom had received several complaints by the Doctors on the poor condition they had to suffer while on duty.
Suprisingly, this problem even as minor as it seems has lingered on till date with no Change in sight. This has triggered a reaction by the Doctors who now rather than continue to sleep in the car boot like my bestie, would rather go home and take their Call from there. We all know what this means. Patients on emergency are wheeled in for immediate attention by a Doctor who ordinarily, should be on ground but this will no longer be possible as he or she must have gone home to better room conditions, assuring themselves of their ability to rush back to work should their attention be needed.
Patients are now at the receiving end of the inefficiency and lack of empathy by the hospital Managements. The Doctors will tell you they are in their right to go back home and take their call from there because when they do not get a good night’s rest, they underperform the next day at work which they must resume at 08:00 am. The Management glaringly has failed to factor in the physical and mental wellbeing of it’s Doctors and the Doctors in turn feel over worked having to manage such poor room conditions and yet be expected to resume same job early the next day. But does this superceed the Hippocratic oath taken at the point of entrance into this sacred profession? I believe the first rule states ‘do no harm’.
I do not think that two wrongs will = a right in this case even though the Doctors have quite a case. This is so because the patients become the unfortunate grass which has to suffer the tussle between the Elephants. Also I think by the Doctors choosing to go home when they should be on ground, they have indirectly consented to doing harm as any patient in need of urgent care by them will be left to his or her fate and the worst usually is the case.
How though do you think this particular dilemma could be remedied? Recall Management has been notified through several means and it is hearsay that the government makes room in the hospital’s budget for these things.
Can real Change be attained regardless of the selfish interests at stake who will not let the right thing be done at the expense of the masses?
Understanding Platforms again, will certainly help in bridging the gap for Change in Nigeria.
Your Comments and constructive criticisms are welcome as usual.