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OPINION: Do Nigerians Realise That Our Healthcare System Is Not Working?
Date Posted: 12/Nov/2017
Nigerians often wonder why our healthcare system seems to be as bad as a patient in intensive care unit with a GCS of 4/15, intubated, on a ventilator & oxygen for what seems to be decades, yet the patients condition is showing no signs of stability not to mention that of full recovery - after which we can actually dream of an improvement. 
 
How do we get better health care when the consultants, who are considered the best among the team and are therefore always heading the health institutions/facilities, hardly spend a week in the hospitals where they are employed to attend to patients and teachings of residents, instead they are always busy traveling from one hospital to another in the name of locum therefore receiving multiple salaries amounting to millions or thereabout per each month? 
 
You have to wonder how as a consultant, senior consultant or chief consultant, you receive a salary ranging between almost N800,000 to N1.5m per month and yet only stay in your actual hospital of employment for a week or two and go to another hospital and work for another week and get paid, then to another hospital where you also work for another week and equally get paid consuming around or more than N2m per month without attending to up to even 50 or 70 patients in total yet the heads of the hospitals always complaint that the funding is not enough when they are not justIfying what they are being given - and we wonder where the funding of healthcare is going.
 
Don't forget, there is an allowance called "call allowance" which they are being paid on monthly basis which usually amounts to hundreds of thousands per month but you hardly see a consultant coming out for this call assignment twice in a month yet he goes home every month with the most beautiful allowance on the work he has not done. 
 
You will see non-consultants calling the consultants on phone and sending them pictures of cases for their input instead of them to come down to the hospital as expected. Yet these people are the ones giving headship of the health facilities and we expect to good results.
 
I believe the Federal Government must scrape this call schedule completely and place all health workers - doctors, nurses, pharmacist, etc on shift generally if we are to see good health care delivery. This also cause crisis with other health professionals thereby causing strife.
 
THE F.G. SHOULD AS A MATTER OF URGENCY WAKE UP TO ITS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE HEALTH SECTOR BY PUTTING NEUTRAL PEOPLE TO HEAD IT AND BRING SUCH CORRUPTION AND CRISES TO AN END TO PRESERVE LIVES & HEALTH.
 
By Comrade Idris Bello
Shared By Muhammad Saddeeq RN

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