Our Hospitals are Death Traps

The rate at which Nigerians run to other countries for medical aids is alarming. This points to the fact that Nigeria hospitals are unfit and substandard. Most of the government and even private hospitals are death traps. It is no news that influential people and leaders having misappropriated the funds meant to develop the health sectors run to other countries for help.

The ideal should be, that a country can give all the necessary health care to its citizens. A statistic report shows that about 70% of Nigeria citizens go to countries like India, U.S, U.K for minor sicknesses and about 97% of Nigerians travel abroad for critical health challenges. Sickness like kidney stones, cancer, heart problems and many more fall under this category. It should not be this way, when cases like these are heard of, one would ask why foreigners do not come to Nigeria for health care services, like most Nigerians do.

A source described the horrible experience he had in March 2017 in a federal hospital.  The doctors exhibited sheer negligence of duty, albeit  wrong diagnosis and prescription, substandard drugs was also administered in a subsidiary pharmacy.  The hospital in which our source  was admitted  is well-known and facilities  are made available, however the attitude of health practitioners  towards patients and their incompetence on the job is disheartening and deadly too.

Apart from the fact that a number of health practitioners  are careless and unfit for the job,  Nigeria hospitals have lost self esteem. In a survey conducted by Aprokomag, a large number of Nigerians  no longer trust government hospitals and some other so called private hospitals are extremely substandard.  But economy class have no option than to continue visiting these hospitals when faced with critical health challenges.

Scenarios in some hospitals take this turn ~ at a point a surgery is needed to be done,  it is either there is no light or the doctors are away, or one thing is not right.  And it brings one to wonder,  where is the ethical standard of doctors practice?  They are meant to save lives first before anything else,  but no!  Because  you think patients are subordinates then you ill treat them.  Because a patient has not paid his bills the patient stands a raw chance to die.

If other sectors would fail, shouldn't the health sector stand? There is a need for transformation, the health sector must be revived else Nigeria goes down!



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Aprokomag: Our Hospitals are Death Traps
Our Hospitals are Death Traps
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