• Breaking News

    Blogger Tips and TricksLatest Tips And TricksBlogger Tricks

    WordSmithPraise | An African Literary Blog

    Promoting Literary Activities Worldwide

    Wednesday, 12 July 2017

    Only In Nigeria Episode 2 - Hospitals, Doctors, Inhumanity






    Stephen is dead! A shocking quake to his pregnant wife. A tumbling blow to his family. An unbelievable reality to all who knew Steve; a tall and handsome man, cheerful and friendly to all; his munificence intrigues everyone! On his way from work, that cursed evening, local hoodlums bulldogged Stephen, ordering his valuables; Steve was unwilling to cooperate, 4 of them scuffled, before long Steve was stabbed at the upper region of his stomach(hypochondrium). As he shouted and wailed, the goons fled. Good Samaritans came helping,
    "Jesu o wetin 'appen to ram....? abeg make we rush am go hospital for okoporo road....."
    one suggested....
    "Doctor ehhhh! Nurse oooo! Make una come ehhhhh; Person dey die here ooo...." bellowed a woman, when they got to the hospital.
    "Awoo... wetin con do am na...? The nurse questioned, her hands folded to her chest...
    "E be like say bad occult boys wayle am for road o..."
    "wey doctor na....?"
    "Make una do something na...!!!"
    Steve's singlet and shirt were soaking his blood gushing out that hole a dagger manufactured.... Still the dialog had a long way to prattle....
    "Doctor no dey o, and we no fit treat am o, we no even know wetin im do" a nurse blurted....
    "Chinekwe God! which kind heartless people be this"
    "Chie, abeg make una help una fellow human being na, there is God o..."
    "Make una call doctor na"
    "wetin dey worry una..."
    "Help am na, see en dey die na......"
    The yakety-yak went on, as these people urged the nurses to attend to Stephen, who was busy bleeding out the blood his body contains, sweat and tears smothered Steve's face, he could not understand the pain he feels.....
    "Abeg make una carry am go another  place before im go die here o...." maundered another nurse....
    "Make heavy thunder fire..... fire....."
    "See doctor don come..." a nurse yelled...
    "Nurses what's going o.... have you given him any.... come on dress his wounds with some sterile gauze! You, go get saline solution let's irrigate his wound, and some antibiotics...." Doctor's opening speech...
    "Oh no, he has lost a lot of blood.... His survival is a remote possibility, and we will have to transfused blood to him... please who is in charge of this man?"
    "Doctor, bad boys na dem wonjure this man for road o, na help all of us dey help o..."
    "Emm, e be like say I know this man, Doc just treat am he is on me...."
    "I'll support too for his bills..."
    "In fact me and my brother will also contribute any amount; abeg make una do anything to keep am alive"
    "But...." the Doctor interrupted these benevolent strangers, "we will need the Police report before any further treatment can be carried out, and even some deposite for the transfusion...."
    "Chie Oga Doctor  how we wan take go Police Station na..."
    "See Madam, the Police Force won't clapped for us if they found out we attended to a Criminal! They will even shortdown my Hospital, abi no be Nigeria we dey....Police we no dey hear..."
    "But Mr. Docto...."
    "There is no but Sir, in fact we don't have equipped facility for Blood Transfusion, please take him to Hospital on the Federal road...."

    Everything was so blurry to Steve who was struggling to breathe... Some of this folks were in tears already as they stare helplessly to Steve lugubrious misfortune...
    "Rubbish! Stupid hospital... God go punish all of una here...."
    "Mr Doctor you are a wicked heartless being...."
    "Chie want nonsense... may..."
    "Abeg make we carry am commot here..."
    Immediately they heaved him, Steve, in vehicle to the next Nigerian Hospital....
    But....
    Our good hearted Stephen, soaked in his blood breath his last on the hands of those Strangers...

    _
    Apkan a hard working farmer, who waited for the Child Giver, decades after his marriage, to be a father....
    Had two children; his world revolves around them. Esther was only 13 when inflammation of the appendix starting growing...
    She would complain of pain and twinge, Daddy will rob her balm besides her hip to soothe it...
    When she was 15, it became severe, this young belle could not endure, Apkan was advised to visit the hospital....
    When there, the sad news was professed to this ignorant Dad...
    "Oga your daugther get wetin we dey call 'Appendicitis'...."
    "Abasi! Doctor which kind big man Sickness be that na? Abeg wetin I go do na...?"
    "No na no fear, God dey, we go just operate the abnormal growth of the appendix, she go get her self...."
    "Jesus! Operation kwa? For my small girl body... chie God wetin I do na.... why e be say na me na... God abeg make you....."
    Apkan almost gave way to tears before the Doctor.....
    "Oga, calm down.... wetin you go do na to go find money, make we use treat your pikin...."
    "Doctor, how much you go take from a poor farmer like me na... their Mama die leave them for me, since na only me be their mother and father things no easy for me, Doctor abeg help me o...."
    "Na #45,000 Naira, we dey use do am, so that we no go get any complications, the money go reach buy everything we need..."
    "Abasima! Oga Doctor where I wan follow get that kind money na..... abeg wetin you......"
    "Oya make we no talk too much, bring #40,000 na the last we fit take, time dey go o, the kind pain your daughter dey get fit kill am o, the earlier the better o..."
    "But Doctor na only #15,000 I get wey I save, and many people dey owe me about #18,000 abeg make una start treatment make I pay the #15,000 then I go borrow money complete am before una go finish...."
    Doctor scoffs... "See Oga I dey no do hire-purchase for this hospital o, I no dey even sale Motocycle, besides operation doesn't take the whole year, in fact na #30,000 I go see before I start anything o...."
    "Chie oga doctor I be your fellow man na, help my pikin na, abeg na...." Apkan kept rambling pleas as his knees caresses the floor...

    _
    His daughter remained unattended to by the nurses.... the beautiful girl will cry every now and then, begging God to take the pains away, but somehow they seem to multiply....
    Her Dad was arduously running round the sun to gather anything called Money so as to sponsor his Daughter's life....
    And the Doctor could only renew the sternness his hardened heart, and would only walk into her room once in a while.....
    Apkan got #10,000 extra....
    "Oga doctor my daughter don slim finish, this kind thing dey kill am o... abeg start treatment na, I go bring #5,000 tomorrow, abeg, please abeg...."
    "Chie oga you don try o, I must say, but Hospital rules no go allow me, we get rent to pay, many things to buy, Local Government needs settlement, plus say State Government  no dey support us, na private hospital be this o, so when you bring am tomorrow we go start treatment immediately, I promise...."

    _
    Akpan comforted his child and left....
    Esther grew ever weak, the cramps, the constipation, severe pain gathered between her right hip bone and navel drove her mad... Her tears exhausted....
    Dad couldn't come the next day with #5,000 instead he came with more and more pleas, but the Doctor was resolved not to carry out the appendectomy till #30,000 starred right into his eyes....
    Esther have tried.... She could no longer wait for Dad and Doctor....
    The next two nights she could no longer feel the pain... everything was just okay! Appendicitis was gone, because Esther was gone too....
    Apkan came back to sale his assets to the Hospital since no one would buy and give him money.... But, his Esther had.....


    _
    This article is too serious; hospitals are valuing Money, a paper-like material somethings are printed on, over human life.....
    Doctors have no regard for Life.... But places just too much regard on Money... in fact Nigeria prefers Money to Nigerians.... And Corruption to good living!
    While the extreme love and great affection for Money is want makes Nigeria a country...
    The Love of Money is not only in Nigeria! It's just everywhere!

    _
    Anticipate the Next espisode...
    Only In Nigeria
    _
    SirKelvin

    No comments:

    Post a Comment