The Campaign for better healthcare practices in Nigeria – 1

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).

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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. PhotoGrid_1497728649745This 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.

Here are some tweet ideas. Easily share / post by clicking on the embedded links.

I say No to Wickedness. No to forcing patients to spend more money on Healthcare in LUTH. #MoHealthNG

Is it fair to make patients pay more money because you are fighting with another team member? #MoHealthNG

Treat all patients as if they are your family members; improve #Health4AllNaija #MoHealthNG

Every Nigerian, not only politicians deserves access to the best healthcare possible. #UHC4AllNigerians #1%4Life

Every Nigerian deserves access to appropriate healthcare at the best price #MoHealthNG

Say No forcing poor helpless LUTH patients to pay more for laboratory services #1%4Life.

LUTH patients are Nigerians with rights. No to forceful usage of private laboratories #1%4Life

LUTH patients need access to quality services from qualified personnel #Health4AllNaija

Say No to impunity, restore services and patients to Haematology Laboratory, LUTH.

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,

Onaoluwa Abimbola.

@AbimbolaOnaolu

#UHC4AllNigerians Advocate.

 

 

 

 

Dear President Buhari,

You are welcome back once more sir. You are the latest proverbial cat with nine lives. While we bless God for your recovery and return, one can not help but wonder if this was fair.
Yesterday, a little child died in an obscure village health centre. The malaria fever which likely killed him most likely took all of 3 days to do it’s damage to an already poorly nourished body that his poor mother was not able to feed properly even before he became sick. The little boy did not have access to health.

That access to appropriate healthcare is what saved you and kept you alive. Is it fair to deny the rest of the Nigerian populace this right? A right to life?
However, this letter is aimed at giving you a bucket list:

1. Make Health Insurance compulsory for all Nigerians. A model for that is posted here.
2. Implement the core Basic Health Care Provision Fund’s guidelines which primarily states that a percentage of our National revenue must be dedicated to healthcare provision.
3. Support and assent to the passage of a bill likely titled “Nigerian Healthcare Providers: Practice and Boundaries” which directs the mapping and online hosting of Nigeria’s healthcare providers and classifies them according to services provided, location, classification by type (either private or public) and catchment population.

Let me explain a bit. If I live in Mokola in Ibadan for instance, the database and online check should tell me with a quick search via SMS or internet, the names of the hospitals in my location and which ones offer any free / UHC /NHIS health service. It should also list by order of priority which centres are government or donor funder supported. This will help people know for instance the closest hospital / medical laboratory where they can get free TB testing and treatment , HIV testing and treatment , Malaria testing and treatment. These are services already free in some facilities supported by government /funders. Yet , quite a lot of people do not know about the free services.
4. Reconstitute the Boards of all health regulatory parastals and give them a mandate to fish out quacks and protect the Nigerian Healthcare space… NAFDAC, MLSCN are key regulatory agencies that need more empowerment due to the very vital nature of their functions .
5. Call a healthcare providers Stakeholders meeting ASAP. Ask and listen to all the demands across board on ways to fix the Nigerian Healthcare system.
I am not writing this open letter to you to talk about the economy or how money can be made available to the average Nigerian. No, I believe you are already aware that the economy is tough for the average Nigerian.
What I am more concerned about is the dismal retrogression in the #UHC4AllNigerians agenda.  Sir, I believe you support the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) push for all Nigerians.
I wrote a short article about how we can achieve UHC faster in Nigeria here.
Your nearly miraculous return and recovery is a lesson to us … On the need for systems and processes that encourage an improved Heathcare output.

We have not yet gotten the model right and a lot of corruption is killing whatever efforts have been made in the past.
Now, you are back and a testimony to the UK’s healthcare system. No jokes, if you had chosen to stay in Nigeria to get your care, you d be dead.
You are not and this is why I plead Sir, please make this opportunity count.
Thank you for reading and taking action on this letter.

Best regards,
Onaoluwa Abimbola.

A very concerned Nigerian.

 

To tweet this letter directly, please click here.

Voluntary Blood donors are heroes

I just spoke with one of the best volunteers I know, a young man whose selflessness has made him embraced regular voluntary blood donation.
He is a hero , courageous and always ready to do something , anything that makes another life better… Why don’t we have more people like Oriola Oladipupo in Nigeria? If we did, we would definitely be better off.
Why did I call him? I wanted to apologise that I could not put up a planned post which I wanted to use in commemoration of World Blood Donor’s Day- celebrated June 14, every year… The culprit- my spoilt tablet device and my miserly choice of not backing up my photos via Google Photos.

I had taken a photo of him the last time he donated… Voluntarily oooo. No body begged him to  , he did not have a patient  relative. 

So now, what ‘s stopping you from becoming a voluntary donor?     

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Celebrating the journey… 1

This early morning I was in a celebratory mode.

Despite all the hiccups, one goal has been met. The result? The book is out! A hardcopy version as well as an ebook version.

Let me give a brief recap. Recently (On my birthday , I announced that I had finally gotten the courage to release a book I d written circa 2015. )

I had originally typed it on my mum’s laptop. But in the process of moving some of my stuff to another device ; I had mistakenly deleted the latest version. This was before the birthday announcement.

Then in March I d found an older version of the manuscript file on my external hard drive  , so I had started working on it on my tablet device just before the birthday.

Immediately I posted about the book on Facebook, I heard the inner voice tell me, email yourself a copy of the manuscript file and eBook cover file. I did that immediately. I had learnt in a hard way never to ignore the gentle nudge.

Thank God I obeyed, … Because a few days later till now, the phone tablet has refused to boot till completion. Three repair centres later, I m finally accepting that the tab may never work again.

If that had been all, would have breathed a sigh of relief, but then the trusty old laptop I d borrowed from my mum also developed a fault. A couple cybercafes- later and leaning on a senior colleague for use of her laptop occasionally; we are finally here. Behind schedule but definitely done.

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Had to give up on the Okada books idea because the email I sent asking how to give out some free copies of the book even when there is a price on the site; went unanswered..

Kindle solved that problem and so occasionally I will be giving out free Kindle copies. Yay!

P.S .

2 major changes…

Reduced the book size in order to make it handy and edited the book in order to make it as concise as possible. When you are depressed , reading voluminous tomes is not usually a favourite activity.

A new Perspective is always possible.

I have lived in Abeokuta almost all of my life.

That is roughly 30 years of a continuous immersion in the sights and sounds of the old rock city.

Rarely have I seen beauty in the town.

Not until I saw Farida Adamu’s lovely photo on Facebook

Abeokuta from the top of Olumo Rock

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did I realise that I d been missing a whole lot.

Abeokuta is beautiful. I love Abeokuta because it is a relatively quiet, serene town.

But, I d been missing out on the picturesque beauty of the brown roofs and agbole clusters…

Just because I ‘d never seen Abeokuta from the top of Olumo rock.

Now , my perspective has changed.

This also applies to other areas of my life. I need to get the view of my circumstances from above.

This photo Farida took while seating on the highest point of Olumo rock is truly beautiful.

Now, I ve got a reason to see Abeokuta, especially Olumo rock as a tourist attraction.

Who wants to come and visit?

Perhaps, join me for a leisure drive around town on a cool night?

You can be sure that we will visit the beautiful Ake palace and the site of the first church in Nigeria.

Abeokuta is an ancient historic town that boasts of a number of notable people originating from there. The Nobel Laureate- WoleSoyinka, the multi talented Kuti family and is host to the Renowned Abeokuta Grammar School which happens to be my alma mater. Any AGSOBAs in the house? Would love to hear from you …share your Abeograms story.

 

Lots of stories to tell about Abeokuta. Keep a date  with this blog and you’ll be able to read some of that.

 

 

When the muse dries…

Sometimes, it is a desert.

Parched and seemingly incapable of new  growth.

Like no words will ever flow from the usual hole.

 

At other times, it’s a marshy pool; turgid in its very filthiness,

murky depths hidden for what seems like aeons.

 

Then you remember the days of abundance,

downloadWhen the muse poured out large streams of abundant blessedness.

While you wallow and wish for the pleasant days of a  free flowing pen.

 

When you were young and favoured by her;

It would never have looked like you see now.

With your dreams and  idealism,

you knew that she would be your redemption.

 

Sad that now you are lost, wandering in the embers of a soon forgotten dream.

A relic of a noble endeavour that ultimately dries all her patrons.

 

 

 

 

Looking ahead with Hope

Random Musings …

Random musings …

 

I am a testimony that life does not end when everything turns topsy – turvy. That what your eye sees is often different from what the camera captures…
That there is always hope…
That today’s struggles and pains are simply a foundation for an about to be unveiled glorious beauty.

It is not because I have all that I want that I write this…

This is a solemn acknowledgement of God’s mercies and gratitude for how He has helped me thus far.

In September 2013, it looked like my world ended… it was an avalanche of challenges and at the time, things really looked hopeless…

NYSC looked like it was a closed door, a long relationship ended and then Malaria ( not the regular malaria ooo) happened and completely changed my perspective about healthcare access and life. Clinical Depression became a personal reality ; one I was not prepared for ,, nor even equipped at the time to deal with.
2014 was a period of trying to find my way back to hope … it was a struggle… a really tough struggle.
Thank God for all the friends and family who consistently prayed for me and kept loving me through it all.

Thank God for the ones who did not… Losing those friendships toughened the weak parts of me and helped me to realise the importance of value.
For all my friends who struggle with depression… stay strong.
It may look bad, it may even feel really bad, but it is never all bad.

It is simply a veil that must be opened before the light shines again.
You are a winner and you will win this too…

Do not be afraid of the changes life may bring. Embrace every moment and look up to the sun … and the rays of abiding hope.

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I m not sure why I had to post this just now. I hope it helps someone out there … to hold on to hope…

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