Dame Patience Jonathan and the Rest of Us Tosanwumi Otokunefor Department of Microbiology University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt Nigeria Personal Mobile number: +234 803 090 4461 Personal E‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The saga of the first lady’s encounter with to Germany to rest. All kinds of rumours a common place health problem as have made the rounds about our first ordinary as appendicitis lady’s reason for the has once again highlighted The tendency of the hurried trip. Whether the the decay in our national first lady actually suffered institutions, this time, the Nigerian government from food poisoning, health establishments. It appendicitis, fibroid, has also highlighted the cancer, some other to keep secret, great gulf between the ailment or no ill‐health at things which leaders and the rest of the all is at the moment still citizenry in terms of conjectural. The attitude naturally belong to available opportunities. It of the presidency has was alleged that the first assured that the true the in public doma lady was wrongly position of things with the diagnosed and was being has historically been first lady will remain the treated for food poisoning subject of fertile in the clinic at the imaginations, rumour a cause of mistrust presidential villa while her mongering and deliberate condition continued to misinformation and between the deteriorate. We believe disinformation even long that the swift flight to after she returns. leadership and the Germany and prompt The tendency of the ordinary Nigerians. attention from competent Nigerian government to professionals has probably keep secret, things which saved the day. We say naturally belong to the hopefully because the true situation of public domain has historically been a things with the first lady is still shrouded cause of mistrust between the leadership in mystery, as the presidency has and the ordinary Nigerians. When our consistently maintained that she has gone former first lady Mrs. Stella Obasanjo died Page 1 of 4
from complications arising from an partnership between the leaders and the elective cosmetic surgery at a private lead. It should not be forgotten that the clinic in Spain in October 2005 the rumour people elected the leaders who have mills went into the overdrive in an agreed to render services that the people attempt to provide a plausible sincerely need to improve their general explanation for the national tragedy. wellbeing, especially in the economic and Worst still was the case of social spheres. As our late beloved President servants of the people We thank God for Umaru Musa Yar'Adua therefore, they must not whose precarious state of be found wanting by the you our first lady, health was kept secret masses who are actually during the electioneering Mrs. Dame Patience the masters. But by their campaigns. When he was actions and utterances, it eventually elected appears the roles have Jonathan for the President, his condition been completely reversed opportunity to deteriorated and had to with the appointed travel abroad under servants dictating to their escape the sentence different pretexts to masters what and how it obtain necessary medical must be. passed on you, but attention. Even his Returning to the protracted illness and many of us have not discussion of the moment, subsequent death were it is worthy of note that subjects of serious the health challenges that been so lucky and national controversies. befall the rich also befall Why do the elected the poor though at much have paid the leaders find it difficult to higher frequency and with supreme price for confide in the people that more devastating gave them the mandate to consequences. Many poor the inefficiencies of rule in the first place? Is it Nigerians who had that the electorate is too appendicitis without our leaders. immature or too lowly to doubt have died without handle the news of such any even taking notice. In calamities in the national the reverse situation, leadership? Does the leadership fear that many afflicted with the common malaria some ‘miscreants’ as any dissenting fever have more frequently been individuals or groups are normally diagnosed and treated for the more referred to, may take advantage of the severe typhoid fever. In addition to the situation within the leadership to foment dangers associated with the unnecessary disaffection? This ‘we and they’ attitude antimicrobial chemotherapy, the cannot create the atmosphere for true additional costs incurred have often Page 2 of 4
rendered bankrupt many who live poverty, malnutrition, sickness and precariously on the edge. Many have hopelessness. died like chicken as a result of What has happened to our health misdiagnosis by unapologetically institutions? Why can’t the laboratories incompetent and uncommitted medical diagnose common infectious diseases personnel in our specialist medical correctly anymore? It now appears that institutions. We thank God for you our anybody who has malaria is also first lady, Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan simultaneously diagnosed to have typhoid for the opportunity to fever! These diseases do It now appears that not have common escape the sentence passed on you, but many aetiology or mode of anybody who has of us have not been so transmission. Something lucky and have paid the is definitely wrong with malaria is also supreme price for the the abilities of the inefficiencies of our practitioners. We now simultaneously leaders. boast of the ‘state of the Many ordinary Nigerians in art’ equipment and talk diagnosed to have a desperate attempt to about ‘international best overturn the death but the typhoid fever! These practices’ sentence passed on them prognosis of our situation diseases do not have has not improved even a by their ill health in the absence of competent bit. The decay in our common aetiology or facilities in the nation have health training institutions thrown caution to the has metamorphosed into mode of wind and begun a new a systemic collapse of career in begging on the health delivery machinery transmission. national television in the country. We are networks for money they now faced with an Something is cannot dream of earning in increasing exodus to India their entire generation, to where improved health definitely wrong! go to India to obtain help. services are reported The sight of the poor but available at lower costs. otherwise respectable and honest But even if it cost absolutely nothing at all Nigerians begging and crying for help over to assess the treatment in India, it will still the nation’s television networks paints a be inaccessible to the majority poor in pathetic picture of a people and nation in this country since they have no wings to great distress. While the leadership hops fly. from continent to continent to seek relief Something must be done and must be at any cost at the expense of the rest of done urgently. If Mohammed cannot go us, the rest of us wallow in abject to the mountain, then the mountain must Page 3 of 4
now come down to Mohamed! The little available fund. Furthermore, the health care services must be brought to loss in human capital due to the high rate the poor masses here in of brain drain among such The sight of poor Nigeria! Dr. Devi Shetty, a sponsored doctors is also specialist cardiologist, and extremely high and the Nigerians begging founder of one of the government most often and crying for help largest privately owned does not get its money’s hospitals in India has worth. An institution that over the nation’s publicly declared his desire would provide the much television networks to build low cost specialist needed specialist services hospitals across Africa as well as training will be a paints a pathetic where he would deliver big boost to our ability to picture of a people the same high quality cater for the health of our and nation in great health care as is currently majority poor people. The Narayana Hrudayalaya available in the 3000 bed distress. hospital founded by Dr. facility known as the Devi Shetty has managed “health city” in Bangalore. to provide high‐end The facility according to for all, him will also double as a Nigeria must provide healthcare regardless of the size of teaching hospital to train succour to her their pocket. The young medical graduates teeming but government should as a in the relevant specialist matter of utmost urgency areas. This may just be the impoverished begin the process to catalyst we need to masses; the poor attract reputable health stimulate local facilities to care providers and embrace excellence in have cried long personnel trainers to total health care provision. enough. establish at least one The financial burden and functional complex in the associated capital flight of sending our doctors abroad for Nigeria to provide succour to our teeming specialist training is indeed very high. It but impoverished masses; the poor have also stifles the development of the cried long enough. Who knows, maybe capacity of the local establishments due the rich may also take advantage of their to competition for and depletion of the services!
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Published on Oct 23, 2012
Published on Oct 23, 2012
The saga of the first lady’s encounter with a common place health problem as ordinary as appendicitis has once again highlighted the decay i...