The Carelessness of Nigerian Medical Practitioners
…As group call for action on Nigeria health system
Due to deficiency in our health sector and lack of professionalism from our supposed “life savers,” we lost our friend; Kafayat Abdulaziz (Kaffy Harbdul). She was a dedicated volunteer, an anti-human trafficking advocate and so unfortunate, a good health advocate.
Kaffy remaind an ardent advocate for healthy society, but she was a victim of circumstance due to carelessness of our medical practitioners and unhealthy health system. Frankly speaking, this cannot be referred to as a medical mistake but lack of value for life.
Fondly called Kaffy was lady who had impacted communities, less privileges, and even had a lineup of community projects for this month. So many indigent people depend on her to put smile on their faces, as she usually does.
Painfully and regrettably, Kafayat would have been alive today, if her health was taken serious at Asokoro Hospital, Abuja. She would have survived, if those on duty treated her with every sense of emergency and urgency. While she was in emergency unit, her health was not taken as seriously as expected. Her family begged and cried but no empathy was shown. But having been swayed by her pitiful condition, a patient in the hospital had to place a call to doctors and kept begging on her behalf but all of no avail.
As expected, medical practitioners are humans and can make mistake, but they cannot be exonerated when they take lives for granted. Access to proper treatment is human right. Denying people treatment is an abuse of the right of citizens. Lack of value for the life of a patient is violation of the rights of the patient.
We can’t keep silent because we lost one life but because many lives maybe lost due to the same factors that led to her death
We vow, in few days to come, there will be a call for action because we cannot continue to be silent. We have to collectively speak out and call for appropriate authorities to act swiftly to redeem our health system.
We can’t close our eyes to this fact, and we can’t pretend as if these factors are normal.
Our health system is unhealthy.