So many of my senior colleagues have numerous regrets for remaining in Nigeria for their clinical practice, and with the little I’ve experienced since I’ve started working as a medical doctor, I can fully relate with their woes. If it isn’t the system frustrating you with things like having only one theatre day in a week whilst having an operation list that’s over 3 months long, it’s the patient not having money for medications, or light cutting out mid-operation…the list feels endless.
Working under such circumstances therefore puts everyone under pressure, and not everyone has humane methods of letting off steam; I’m even of the opinion that some people purposely choose to direct their pent up aggressions at their junior colleagues, but that’s a story for another day.
It’s Election Day, I personally have been disenfranchised of my vote, as my Polling Unit is in Abuja and I wasn’t able to have a transfer to Lagos as the transfer window closed since August last year (when I was just registering for my PVC, lol) – and I’m also on call today – but like many other Nigerians around the country, I’m hopeful of a government that’s ready to work on this health sector and its myriad of problems, because quite frankly I’m tired of its failures.
May the best candidates (not only presidency, the senate and House of Representatives also needs to be occupied with forward thinking people) win!
Till next time,
Dr. ETP xo