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Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Nobody: 1:50pm On Jul 08, 2014
It pisses me off when people who don’t know anything pretend to know something. My anger is worse with those who ought to know yet know nothing. And I am mighty angry with you and you and you and the government. You still don’t know why I’m angry, right? Very annoying people. How long is it going to take a nation of supposedly brilliant people to realize our doctors are big boys, big babes and we should not take them for granted? When are we going to face up to the fact that doctors are not mere men, not ordinary people we should toy with?

If we are as intelligent as we claim we are, won’t we know that men who can make a difference between life and death in as little as a minute are small gods? But what do we know? What do we do? We annoy our doctors every year, force them to dump their stethoscopes in anger. What kind of smart people piss off gods with such reckless abandon annually instead of worshipping them? Only Nigerians. Smart people offer sacrifices to their gods regularly. They don’t put their stubby fingers in the eyes of the gods.

Look at me.I spent four years in the uni­versity getting a degree but doctors spend six years. Do I need Wikipedia to tell me my degree is smaller than that of a doctor? Seriously? Other graduates start at grade level 8 in the civil service. Doctors start at level 12. It takes about 10 years to catch up with these special people. Isn’t that why I go to the hospital each time I have malaria even though I have been having malaria since forever? Still I’m no specialist, no consultant, at treating malaria.

When are we going to get it into our pompous heads that it is and will always be our fault that doctors go on strike every year? We should quit blaming these great people who help to keep us alive and well. We should listen to their every whisper, appreciate every drop of their sweat. Of course, we can never pay them enough for their efforts, which is why they have to take an oath to be good to us even when we are bad to them. They are priceless, our jewels of inestimable value.

These human beings are bigger than their employers, don’t you think? That is what the federal and state governments needs to know.We all need to acknowl­edge the goodness and greatness of our doctors. The Minister and the Minister of State for Health are medical doctors. The heads of NAFDAC, NHIS, NACA, among other health institutions are doctors. I hear between the federal and state hospitals in Lagos, there are 2,000 consultants in La­gos alone. Don’t exclaim yet. I also heard that 92% of the budget of the health sector goes to paying salaries, 58% of which goes to medical doctors. Are your eyes threaten­ing to pop out of their sockets? Tell them to maintain status quo ante.

It may look like doctors are getting too much as it is but we need to do more. It doesn’t matter that NMA is a trade union, not a member of NLC or TUC, we always negotiate with the body. But we need to do more. It does not matter that it is rude for employees to order their employers around, they have us all by the balls and they are squeezing. Let’s beg them even if the 24 reasons patients are dying since July 1 is not our fault. Most of their demands are admin­istrative issues but we must still beg them now. Check out some of the reasons and see how boxed into a corner we are by men and women whose salaries are paid from your tax and sweat.

“The NMA is opposed to the appoint­ment of directors in the hospitals. This position distorts the chain of command in the hospital, induces anarchy.”

Ah, chain of command is important. Very important. Anything that distorts it is reason enough to promote a few hundreds of pa­tients from the ward to the mortuary.

“Grade level 12 (CONMESS 2) in the health sector MUST be SKIPPED for medical doctors.”

Good point. Let us sacrifice a few babies in the neonatal units to this demand. Those premature little things ought to have known better than to come into the world at a time medical doctors are still being made to en­dure CONMESS 2. It is not fair to help these babies while no one is helping doctors.

The title “CONSULTANT” in a hospi­tal setting describes the relationship be­tween the Specialist Medical Doctor and his patient. It will be a source of confu­sion if the title is applied to any other health worker who statutorily does not own patient.”

Yes now. The doctors own us as soon as we have the misfortune of stepping into their hospitals. This CONSULTANT chieftaincy title is the exclusive preserve of doctors. Burying a few patients to secure this title is just a little sacrifice even if it is the reason you are burying your favourite aunt because there was no doctor on duty when she got to the hospital. I’m even suggesting special beaded stethoscope and scrubs for Consul­tants so they can stand out in the crowd of health workers.


“Surgeon General of the Federation MUST be appointed with immediate effect.”
I like the MUST in capital letters. That’s what happens when the employee becomes bigger than the employer. A man goes to ap­ply for a job, his files clutched in his nervous hands behind him, wearing faded shirts and cheap shoes. You give him the job and then he starts throwing words like MUST around because he can now afford a brand new Kia Picanto? The little boy is getting too big for his booties, ain’t he?

“Clinical duty allowance for Honor­ary Consultants should be increased by 90% of CONMESS and Hazard allow­ance MUST be at least N100, 000 per month for Medical Doctors.”

This is a matter of urgent national im­portance. This sacred allowance is enough reason for a woman to lose an only child be­cause the doctors are on strike. It’s enough reason to enlarge the community of widows and widowers. We should pay them their money and when we do, we shall insist they make the dead walk.

“Government should as a matter of urgency set up a health trust fund that will enhance the upgrading of all hos­pitals in Nigeria.”

Awwww. How nice and considerate. These small gods are not totally mean after all. They kill a few and heal a few. But what is a well equipped hospital if there are no doctors to man the equipment because next year, our little gods will go on strike again. It’s an annual ritual.

One thing bothers me though. When these doctors resume and find out that 10 of the patients in Ward 6, 5 in Ward 7 and 15 in the maternity ward died while they were on strike, what will they tell God when praying five times a day or when they ‘lift up holy hands’ in church on Sunday?
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=70782

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Omexonomy: 1:56pm On Jul 08, 2014
Greedy people fighting each other to the detriment of nigeria

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by skabber2: 2:33pm On Jul 08, 2014
Soon, these small gods will ask to sleep with our wives before treating our sick children.
whatever a deity want must be given!

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by dorange(m): 3:10pm On Jul 10, 2014
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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Akshow: 3:10pm On Jul 10, 2014
this article be as e get o. Abi na d hunger wey de waya me? Cos I don't know what to make out of the tone of the writer. Is he pleading, sarcastic, commending, adoring or plainly just being silly

The Doc are important, hell yeah! So is the mechanic that fix the ambulance. So is d teacher that taught the Doc from crech to uni. So is d carpenter that makes his furniture and the nanny that takes care of his baby. I find it very callous when Doc go on strike though I know d govt are not helping matters. I think its against the ethics of their profession and the oath they swore...well that's just my opinion. Let's pray many people don't end up in d mortuary before the govt meet their demands.

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Nobody: 3:11pm On Jul 10, 2014
Nice one..the NMA are just wicked,and callous. Why use strike,knowing fully well,it won't affect the people in power,than the common man..their act no matter what is plain madness.

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by ednut1(m): 3:11pm On Jul 10, 2014
story

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by GeneralShepherd(m): 3:12pm On Jul 10, 2014
Doctors' demands are genuine! Let's stop chasing shadows and do the needful.

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by henryobinna(m): 3:12pm On Jul 10, 2014
eermmm.. its good anyway
Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Nobody: 3:13pm On Jul 10, 2014
If you didn't finish reading it like me.. you know what to do. grin

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by KingTom(m): 3:14pm On Jul 10, 2014
They are not greedy angry

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Onlinebizexpert(m): 3:14pm On Jul 10, 2014
Do I blame her no.........


If she knew that what it took me to pass a test of five marks in medical school is the same as what it took her to pass a degree exam of 100 marks

What is keshi doing that he is demanding a salary of 10 million naira per month, if it were to be doctors even churches and mosques would go on strike

What did a senator read that his salary can foot the salaries of 25 professors of medicine


If people knew that the fight to answer consultant by other medically inclined professions is simply a ploy to assume power

Having another consultant In the hospital is the same as having two captains in a ship

I will not blame funke she is trying to sell her newspaper by writing such a demeaning article to the people who can elongate the line between life and death after GOD

I don't expect funke to understand because unlike her I have to read 3 courses (anatomy,physiology,biochemistry) which lasts for about 15 years in just 18 months and am expected to be better than the person that reads just one of the aforementioned courses and yet such a person wants to assume a post that that takes a doctor an average of 25years to reach


I won't blame funke because maybe in her world a footballer like Mikel can demand for the title of world best player just like messi and c ronaldo by just playing back pass


U claim its greed but I think its the right thing

If I should be in charge of your life in your weakest moments don't you think I should be financially emotionally and psychologically stable....


Do I blame funke and some professional jambites on naira land for their articles and comments respectively.....no I wont



Why don't you whole lot contest for the position of GOD who created the universe because we can give both to humans

I am not in support of a situation whereby patients are punished for the crime of others but till we as a country get it right by giving honour to whom it is due we can never make a head way


To funke keep writing what you think is right afterall its your job and you are paid to do so



But one thing is sure IF TWO ELEPHANTS FIGHT THE GRASSES WILL SUFFER

That's all I can say for now, falter my points if you have the facts.........thanks again

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can't believe i wrote the above emotional statements, but the truth must be told

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Djtm(m): 3:14pm On Jul 10, 2014
They are just pissing me off!!! Wtf? Our government is a very useless one for this sort of crap to be going on! What's their own concern about how much other specialists are paid? As long as you're paid what you're worth, you shouldn't care about what others earn. If a programmer has worked for a certain number of years, has so much experience under his belt, he has the right to become a consultant programmer. IMO, doctors are overhyped in Nigeria. Well, our leaders do not give a sh1t, so people can continue to die as long as they can afford to go abroad once they have a slight headache.

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Talkcentral: 3:15pm On Jul 10, 2014
hmmm
Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by wellmax(m): 3:17pm On Jul 10, 2014
Ours is a nations where people study medicine not with the intent of saving lives but for show off.

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by sohl7(m): 3:17pm On Jul 10, 2014
Small gods indeed

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by GoodBoi1(m): 3:19pm On Jul 10, 2014
Aren't they under oath?
Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by eazisky(m): 3:19pm On Jul 10, 2014
If doctors are gods, then who are lecturers and teachers?

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Marvyx(m): 3:20pm On Jul 10, 2014
What about those greedy so called lawmakers that collect millions,are never satisfied and do next to nothing on those seats?
The government should give them what they want because they deserve every bit of it.. Come and see the dilapidated buildings that are called government hospitals here and think again. Que Dieu nous aides.

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by 1stola: 3:20pm On Jul 10, 2014
Rubbish !
Abeg who know where toilet dey?
Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by tete7000(m): 3:21pm On Jul 10, 2014
GeneralShepherd: Doctors' demands are genuine! Let's stop chasing shadows and do the needful.
Kindly take the demands one by one and expantiate

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by texbaba1: 3:21pm On Jul 10, 2014
Like seriously, even the gods have their limits...doctors are important, so also is all other professions. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by lionelrobben: 3:22pm On Jul 10, 2014
yes dis is true. sum mths back I had maleria. da docta no gree treat me. he said i should hand ova my BB. i tell am say no, na di only fon wey i get. he said he no fit treat me till i dash am all my female BBM contacts. diaris god ooo
Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Sheenor: 3:23pm On Jul 10, 2014
Is a good profession.

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by FameG(f): 3:23pm On Jul 10, 2014
Small gods indeed.
Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Nobody: 3:23pm On Jul 10, 2014
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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by freshness2020: 3:24pm On Jul 10, 2014
Hmmmm..
I sigh in German!
Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Siddeek: 3:25pm On Jul 10, 2014
Like seriously!

Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by Vivipop(f): 3:26pm On Jul 10, 2014
Too lengthy and I'm so not in the mood.
But then,give to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar.

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Re: Seriously, Doctors Are Small gods - Funke Egbemode (Sun News) by KingTom(m): 3:26pm On Jul 10, 2014
As an undergraduate, for six years I did not have time for myself, no girlfriend, some food, nothing. After graduation someone who knows nothing about medicine starts talking rubbish. Those saying we are show-offs. If e pain you, go back school!
grin grin grin

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