Redacted article courtesy of – This Day
Resident doctors in Nigeria have recently downed tools in a dispute with the government over renumeration and welfare.
As usual, when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Patients have been left to their fate in what is yet another episode in the unbearably ugly theatre of trauma Nigeria`s health care is turning out to be.
It is no secret that for many years, Nigeria`s health system has been walking on borrowed legs.
Those who live in rural communities where access to civilization and the dramatic improvements it brings to the quality of life are cut off by the shamefully glaring lack of good roads and power, often have no access to health care, and children routinely die from the most preventable of diseases while public officials who should bear responsibility for the fatal failures become medical tourists to other countries at the slightest feeling of discomfort.