Friday, 8 June 2012

Appointment with the doctor

Going to the hospital has always been a very difficult task for me. If I have to go to the hospital then it means whatever is wrong with me is very serious. My hospital phobia started right from when I was a kid I always dreaded hospitals due to the fact that I thought all visits to the hospital would always end up with me been given an injection. As an adult now , I have gradually started moving away from that feeling, now I know I have to be more conscious of my health. So I had to make an appointment with a doctor in a Teaching Hospital. Looking around and seeing sick people made me realize that I wasn't in so much pain as I thought, that more people where going through worse than I was presently going through. One can't help but be grateful to God whenever one visits the hospital. Hardly would you see patients smile and even when they do one can see the difficulty with which they smile, just can't imagine the kind of pain they are presently going through. I also forgot to mention the stress of trying to see a doctor alone. Gosh! It's such a cumbersome process can't they make it less stressful and not forgetting the non-chalant nature of the doctors, nurses and hospital attendants respectively especially if one is visiting a Government owned hospital. Instead of attending to patients they keep discussing in loud voices matters which should not be discussed in the hospital. Some doctors were discussing about the DANA crash and a particular doctor kept lamenting on how airlines neglect the basic maintenance culture and that's why he has resorted not to ever travel by air that he'd rather go by road anytime and so the conversation went on and on , how airlines don't even treat their customers well and then I thought to myself isn't that the same thing he is doing, ignoring his basic duty to talk about frivolous issues and then I remembered I was in Nigeria and such has so sadly become a bad culture inculcated by majority of the workforce in the country. It's 10:24am and I still haven't seen a doctor. This is so sad, so so sad. We sure need a " Duex machina" in 9ja.

Monday, 4 June 2012


Yesterday was indeed a black Sunday for Nigerians as not only did a cargo plane belonging to Allied airline crash landed in Ghana killing 10 passengers on ground but also, the suicide bombing in which 15 lives where lost and it took place in a church in Bauchi state but the most heartfelt one was that of DANA Airline which also crash landed into two buildings in a densely populated area of Lagos state killing the over 140 passengers on board and a not yet ascertained number of persons on the ground. Though I may not know anyone on board this plane but I cried when I was finally alone in the dark because I felt the sting of death and also due to the fact that I empathized with those who lost family and friends in that ill-fated flight. In Nigeria, we are not safe in our homes, places of worship, schools, offices, on land, on the sea and in the air. Where then is safe in 9ja???. There are a lot of people that should be held responsible for this mishap. Those who knew the plane was over aged and still let it go into the skies on several occasions, those who due to their negligence several persons lost their lives and thereby causing more family to be thrown into mourning. The rate at which this airlines toy with passengers lives is alarming. Revelations now reveal that, this same flight had landing gear issues some weeks back. So the question now is, who signed for this same flight to take off from the ground? Someone somewhere didn't do his or her job and such person has to be held responsible. This only brings fear to our minds the kind of flight we board not knowing how old and how safe such flights are. I shiver at the thoughts of how how humans do not value the lives of our fellow human beings because only a heartless person would allow such plane take off again after such a case was reported. May the souls of the departed rest in peace (Ameen) and may God grant the family members and friends the fortitude to bear the loss. We pray we never again witness such calamity in our land or anywhere else in the world. If but only if we practice maintainance culture and stop cutting corners. The hard truth is that, every hardship we go through today is due to corruption someone somewhere not following due process and cutting corners now here is what we have as the result. Nigerians never learn thats just the sad truth. It's high time we start making people accountable for such deeds but in Nigerian, no way no one would take responsibility . Just a matter of time and we would start hearing them throw blames to each other. Rubbish!!! Am fed up of this nation.