The Campaign for better healthcare practices in Nigeria – 1
Fellow patriotic Nigerian,
Adigun (not real name) was admitted recently in LUTH. His parents are poor Nigerians, who do not have health insurance cover. When Adigun’s treatment initially started, the attending doctor sent him for medical laboratory tests in the LUTH Haematology Lab. Total costs of the tests was N3, 120: 00k . It was expensive, but they managed to pay. Then, a week later, he was sent for follow up tests and Adigun’s mom being the curious type, checked and saw that the tests were a repeat of the former , but from a different private laboratory (where they have interests) and she asked why?
The true answer to her “why” is very shocking.
Do you know that “Adigun’s parents have to look for N7000:00k to pay for the same tests that could have cost N3, 120: 00K in the regular government lab; simply because some members of staff are at loggerheads.
You do not believe? I would not too, if I did not see this letter (see image below).
Let me give a transcript of the red marked portion of the letter: ” At the Ordinary General Meeting of the MDCAN LUTH Chapter on the 2nd of August, 2017, the following resolutions were made:
– To stop sending samples to Haematology Laboratory.
– To disregard all laboratory results which emanates from the Haematology Laboratory.
– To direct all Hematological laboratory requests to other laboratories within the hospital where mandatory Pathologist Supervision holds… “
( my own comment – private laboratories owned by doctors; what a conflict of interests).
This campaign has now become necessary because it is quite obvious that except we, the regular Nigerians fight for our rights, we may never be able to get even the most basic right.
Healthcare Access is a right that Nigerians have lost over the years. Even in government funded hospitals , there are many anomalies that are not directly the fault of the Government. The above is one of them.
We will never be able to achieve Universal Health Coverage and Better Healthcare for all Nigerians if these anomalies are not corrected.
One of these anomalies is the lack of cordial team relationship in most Nigerian hospitals. It has led to a lot of problems and many patients’ careless deaths.
This current online campaign tagged “ the campaign for better healthcare practices in Nigeria” seeks to highlight one by one the many problems plaguing the Nigerian Health sector and proffering solutions. This is campaign 1. Please share the tweets and write on this subject till it gets the attention of all who can change the status quo like @MobilePunch @obyezeks @channelstv @AIT_Online @lindaikeji @yates_rob @NGRPresident @ProfOsinbajo. Thank you.
Major Hashtags : #MoHealthNG #BetaHealthNG
Accessory Hashtags : #UHC4AllNigerians #Health4AllNaija #1%4Life
You can use any of the above hashtags when you want to post on Social media.
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Thank you very much once more as we work together for improving the Nigerian Healthcare landscape. To join this campaign and get regular updates , please hit the follow button or fill the campaign form at the end of this post.
Thank you. Till the next campaign, I remain…
Sincerely your friend and partner in progress,