Dr Paul John,firstname.lastname@example.org,08083658038
Imagine a country that the president just made it in the Guiness book of world records, of having a sitting president that travelled out of the country for medical tourism and stayed for more than 100 days, and as that was not enough the people still tumultuously and happily welcomed the president back to the country. While Adesina was fielding questions from journalists, he was specifically asked who pays Mr president’s medical bills in London, in order to dodge the question ,he said he did not know. Do we need a prophet or soothsayer to tell us that there is something wrong with this country? Those twins that were killed in the pre-colonial era might have placed a curse on this land. Who even told our forefathers that having multiple gestation was a taboo? If I gave somebody money to buy one bag of rice for me and the person bought two bags with the money meant for one, would I crucify the person or encourage him for his bargaining prowess? If a woman’s reproductive system judiciously uses the sperm given to her by the man to produce more than one baby at the same time, is she supposed to be condemned or praised? That had been our nature from antiquity,we crucified the woman that gave birth to more than one kid while we welcomed the one that gave us only one kid in the same way that we sentence a criminal who killed only one person while if another criminal called terrorist killed many innocent citizens(mostly worshippers) ,government would give amnesty to the criminal .
Those innocent kids killed in the pre-colonial era must have a way they influence us today. Imagine the recent press release by the National Association of Nurses and Midwives(NANM) on the ongoing NARD strike,I had to read that communiqué severally to ensure that it truly emanated from a supposed professional body. To them, this is the time for them to get the leadership positions they have been fighting for, what a shame? I searched in the press release if I could see central placement of Bsc nurses to their internship programme but I could not see .That Bsc nurses find it very difficult to start up the so-called internship approved for them on the papers, does not matter to the leadership of NANM because most of them occupying the leadership posts at NANM are wielding RN/RM certificates hence they will not benefit from the Internship struggle , and the last time they were still fighting to equate RN/RM with OND certificates. The leaders are much interested in persuading Federal Government not to honour NARD demands because to them it will cause more industrial actions in the sector .Can you see why our forefathers were involved in Transatlantic slave trade? Yes today we condemn slave trade ,the condemnation is good and must be sustained but the question remains what was the rationale of our forefathers in such illicit business.History had it that the children who were bellicose and belligerent were used as commodities for such trade .Such children could not fight for their own future and could not allow their parents fight for their future either. That an average lawmaker of Nigeria’s National Assembly earns about N29 million monthly while professionals like us earn peanuts as salaries, does not matter to NANM. That no professor in our Nigerian universities earns one million naira monthly ,does not of course matter to NANM and other of the their co-affiliates of the amorphous body called JOHESU. To them attacking doctors at all times is part of the game and their collective struggle as an affiliate of JOHESU.
ON THE CLAIMED ROT IN THE SECTOR
I will ask NANM to tell me if it were doctors that manned our Telecommunication sector till NITEL collapsed? How many doctors have superintended our ministry of Power,and why do we still have epileptic power supply about 57 years after Independence ? How many medical doctors have headed our security agencies,why are kidnapping,armed robbery and bombings still rampant in our system today? How many medical doctors have ruled this country and why do we still have rot in our system generally?I think by now the inefficiency and incompetency of the APC-led federal government must have taught an average Nigerian some important lessons though I am aware that the curse of the innocent blood of the twins wasted during the pre-colonial era will not allow Nigerians learn . Instead of addressing the issues frontally ,we intend to politicize everything .Are NANM and her members satisfied with the salaries they are receiving while our political office holders play with our collective intelligence ?Is the percentage of our annual budget allotted to the health sector,what it should be or even nearer to what it should be according to WHO and international health standard ? What is holding the implementation of National Health Act?
Where comes the rot in the system when two people were asked to travel to Abuja from Port Harcourt,one was given money to travel with flight while the other was given money to travel by bus and we all waited for them in Abuja ,we accused the man that traveled by bus of coming late while we praised the man that traveled by flight of coming early.Nigerian health sector is currently travelling with a bus that has little or no fuel with the attendant jerky movements. I am not in anyway saying there may not be few lapses in the health sector just like it is in all human endeavours .Politicizing everything in the health sector in order to wrest power from doctors will not take us anywhere,rather it will take us backwards the same way the APC government has taken us backwards,at least they inherited a government where Premium motor spirit was N 97 but today they increased it to N145 and later N143. The poor citizens out there were asked to sacrifice for the nation while the political office holders live in affluence. The same way the colonial masters came in with a view to civilizing us ,they ended up abusing our rights ,different killings of workers who protested during the colonial regime are still fresh in our memories. APC inherited a government where freedom of speech was entrenched but now DSS and their allies are there to tell you that any comment you make constitutes Treasonable Felony.Section 39 of our Constitution as amended ,which gives an inalienable right to freedom of expression to all citizens is now jettisoned and every expression by any opponent is seen as a hate speech.They politicized partial subsidy removal by Jonathan’s administration in 2012. They convinced us that there was nothing like subsidy and that anybody talking about subsidy was a scammer but when they came on board they did not only identify the subsidy but they totally removed it .What a self deceit? APC federal government blaming Jonathan’s past government is like full grownup man blaming his parents for not sending him to school when all his limbs are intact and when he has every opportunity to right the wrong of his poor and illiterate parents.
The same politics is playing out now in the health sector,there is a collective agreement by all members of JOHESU to always oppose the position of doctors at all times.On the issue of Public-Private Partnership,it is understandable why JOHESU and all her affiliates will oppose that initiative with all their might.When fully implemented ,all the inordinate struggles in the health sectors will die a natural death because no entrepreneur will employ a worker that will use 75% of his working hours for unionism and expect his salary by the month end .No entrepreneur will ever allow non-doctors come nearer to the leadership position . When it is our private businesses we look for the best brains but when it is government work who talk about federal character and the mostly abused international best practices . JOHESU and all her affiliates are aware of this hence they will fight PPP with the last drop of their blood.We know how their national body flew down to FMC Owerri during the era of Dr Angela Uwakwem ,the then medical director who defied all odds to implement PPP in some areas of the hospice . Against this backdrop,I may not blame NANM or other members of JOHESU if they oppose PPP at least to help them continue with the impunity,inefficiency and ineptitude in the system but I may see it as a childish act if they oppose NARD on their current struggles.What prevents NANM from engaging our insensitive federal government to demand for the better welfare of their members ? Can NANM or JOHESU show me any press release by either NMA or NARD against NANM OR JOHESU past demands ? Doctors go to make their demands to the federal government any time the need arises without insulting the sensibilities of her neighbours in the health sector while our supposed neighbours in the health sector will first abuse and denigrate the doctors before making their demands to the federal government. Is that not childish and primitive?