A lot of things in our beloved country have become ‘the usual‘…’recurrent decimals‘ sort of. We have corruption, low value system, unemployment to mention but a few. Apparently, joining that long list is the regular crippling of hospital services due to strike by doctors. Since my teenage years, it has being one strike to another majorly due to ‘money palava‘.Once again, the resident doctors of LUTH have downed their tools…once again, practically bringing hospital activities to a halt, I don’t want to go into who is wrong or right (that is another presidential debate on its own).I’d rather focus on the effect of the strikes on the average medical student and by extension, the average Nigerian patient.
As the saying goes, ‘when 2 elephants fight, the grass suffers‘.For more than a week our BCS postings have been practically grounded. We just go to the clinic in the morning,gist amongst ourselves while hoping to find a doctor who will teach us.I imagine if this continues, what will happen to our 400 level training.
For a profession that thrives on ‘learning by observation‘, ‘master – apprenticeship model‘, how do we young doctors learn, when our teachers are unavailable? I can imagine the number of strikes that will come up before we finish 600 level, this means we are at risk of coming out ‘half-baked’. Its just sad that the patients will be at the end of this mess we have found ourselves in.
Doctors by training should be healers not killers, they should save lives and not lose them. The incessant strikes will not help that course on the long run.
Should doctors be less intrested in the money and more on the patient? i don’t know (what do you think?). All i can say is, SHEY NA LIKE DIS E GO DEY DEY?