Two wrongs = Right?

tale-of-a-govt-tertiary-hospitalYaay….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.

PLATFORMS FOR CHANGE BY IJE

As I read through this innately true and thought provoking write up by Victor  Asemota, one thing struck. A concept that came to my mind a while back as I thought of ways to create sustainable change in my society. Hopefully will better develop same with Time as the spirit leads- PLATFORMS FOR CHANGE.

Your mind may have immediately diverted to platforms as in Public offices or positions right? Not totally. Platforms here refers to Individuals/ Citizens in their typical daily living/ human transactional state.  For example, I see myself as one with a platform as a woman in my space, a wife in my home, a lawyer in the office or court, a commuter/ passenger on a bus. Other examples include a wealthy neighbour in a building, a change desiring agent in the society etc…I am sure you get what I mean now. This platform is quite multifaceted as we all have various areas of our lives where we showcase our different sides to meet the demands of each role. Those in actual positions of power are also accomodated as they are on platforms which they could choose to use in engineering change.

From the write up by Victor, I can say that the truth is, as Nigerians and perhaps Africans, we lack a sense of social responsibility. We lack knowledge and understanding of the kind of power we have, in this sense, Platforms that could be put to positive use in our society. As a young woman living in West Africa, I can confidently tell you that the average Nigerian keenly sees the Government of the day as the ‘fixer’ for all problems plaguing the Nation. Funny that these problems include waste/ liter, insecurity, bad roads, poor electricity supply, bad governance and a host of others whose offices and acts are well occupied and carried out by Nigerians like you and I (who have chosen to abuse or disregard their platforms for change, matter for another day). The rich and affluent citizen does not think of the common man because I mean, he lives in Banana Island or Ikoyi (Our own small London in Nigeria lol) and so wetin concern am with Makoko or Agege. He has the typical mindset of any Nigerian which then is to amass wealth, build fancy houses for his family, travel the world and sleep soundly at night with a peace that assures him of even the best tomorrow.

About 90 million People- roughly half Nigeria’s population live in extreme poverty as estimated by the World Data Lab’s Poverty Clock. In this same country there are people who have amassed so much wealth that they can comfortably take up the needs of their home towns and even environs. If they had an appreciation of their platform as wealthy people in the society, they will not wait for the government to fix the roads in their neighbourhood, or to drill bore holes and erect dilapidated nepa poles or restore electricity to those who have known darkness all their lives. They will realise, that they have what it takes to better their community. Empowering the youths around them with tangible crafts and businesses to know how to fish rather than let them ‘alaye’ around during elections for baits hence turning to complete nuisance and making a mess of structures, creating unrest. There are ripple effects for every action and inaction.

This ‘rich’ are on very credible platforms that could be used to engineer positive change if only they would learn to imbibe social responsibility, brotherliness, seeing that in the end…the whole nation benefits in terms of saner climes, better security as there will be reduced unemployment/ criminality,  safer roads and general tranquility amongst others.

The disadvantages of the rich and infact the general population lacking in any sense of social responsibility which indeed transcends to a full appreciation of platforms for change is that the government/ president/ governor, will continue to be looked upon as the ONLY FIXER AND SAVIOUR there is in the Nation and we all know that this means, a continuous regression in all spheres.

As an individual you must always stay alert by constantly asking yourself this – ‘What can I do for my Country Nigeria?’.

Having that urgent piss along the road at night or even brazingly in the day (yes, only in Nigeria), take a minute, long before to think of the after stench left in the wake of such release and it’s effect on fellow citizens plying the route. Or dropping that wrapper of biscuit consumed by you when you could easily contain same in your bag/ pockets till you see a trash can. Having the horrific mindset that this Nation is finished by the government and so there is nothing to salvage, is a deadly mindset borne out of rigidity and complete ignorance in the face of the dangers of a complacent society.

The truth is that whoever you are, whatever positions you occupy, wherever you find yourself…You are a platform upon which positive Change can be birthed.

Just STOP waiting on your government. Do what you can to transform your space and the people who pass through you.

I strongly believe that a radical change in mindset through awareness creation, needs to first occur and continuously at that, for people to best appreciate Platforms. I implore those who already operate on this level to never deter in pushing for that transformation.

The CHANGE we seek lies in the full understanding, utilization  of our individual platforms.

God bless Nigeria.

Ije’s Platform for Change.