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My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by cosmatika(m): 7:53pm On Dec 26, 2015
Tears run down my cheek as I type this. I went into d medical profession to Save lives, but today I watched a patient die and I could do nothing.
It was around 11am today, 26th Dec 2015, I wz in the emergency room as the only Dr & House officer on call in a state Specialist hospital wen a peugeot wagon followed by a police van drove in. They opened d doors & trunk and started bringing out Accident victims. I did a quick triage & saw dat d 2 in d trunk were in a more critical condition, So d immediate plan was to refer d 2 to FMC wia dey hav better hands and equipment to handle it. So I asked d policeman who d driver is so dat d 2 will be rushed to FMC & he said he died at d Accident scene. I ran outside to buy airtime to start calling other HOs, b4 I could return, dey had dropped d 2 & drove off.
I called other HOs, only 2 showed up, others had travelled. To my greatest suprise, I called a medical officer who is a snr colleague in d proffession, she said I shud nt touch anyone till dey paid. That I shud Infact refer all of dem. I was incapacitated, d patients were in pains, crying, calling on us to help, some already unconscious, but we couldnt help cos we have an order frm above.
Within 5mins, 1 young lady in her early 20s died. Abt 10mins later, another police van came and carried d remaining 7 to FMC.
This evening, some road safety corps came to inquire if any Accident victims were brought to our center. They had retrieved d manifest frm d vehicle and contacted d families of d passengers. Dey came wit d relations of one of d patients, and wen I told dem 1 of dem died, dey asked for d Description of d 1 dat died and I showed dem d pix of d gal dat died, behold she was d 1 dey were looking for and right there was the gal's fiancee. Their traditional wedding was to be in 3days tym
I want to use this medium to call on the govt to make policies dat"ll enable Drs treat patients in such condition. Let's Save the human race

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by Spanner4(m): 7:54pm On Dec 26, 2015
It isn't easy to be a Doc

My broda u found urself in a country that has no policies and are not even interested to hv any. Why would they have such? Wen they are ill,they fly over to Europe to get cured and leave their precious citizens to their own fate? I weep for this country

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by Officialkenshin(m): 7:55pm On Dec 26, 2015
cry

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by brunofarad(m): 7:59pm On Dec 26, 2015
Its a pity

But I have to sincerely assure youthat GOD knows you tried your very best ok.

GOD BLESS

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by onyee25(f): 8:06pm On Dec 26, 2015
Soo touching

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by cosmatika(m): 8:09pm On Dec 26, 2015
Spanner4:
It isn't easy to be a Doc

My broda u found urself in a country that has no policies and are not even interested to hv any. Why would they have such? Wen they are ill,they fly over to Europe to get cured and leave their precious citizens to their own fate? I weep for this country
Yea bro, dats it. I wz only concerned cos it could hav been anyone, Maybe my own sis or even me. may God Save His ppl dis period

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by adeememman(m): 8:10pm On Dec 26, 2015
Officialkenshin:
cry
very sad.

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by Spanner4(m): 8:13pm On Dec 26, 2015
cosmatika:
Yea bro, dats it. I wz only concerned cos it could hav been anyone, Maybe my own sis or even me. may God Save His ppl dis period

That's nice of u, Baba God go continue to protect u nd all of us oooo,
But pls Doc u need to treat some nairalanders here like serious coz brain don dey malfunction ooo

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by utenwuson: 8:13pm On Dec 26, 2015
ds is quite touching but it isn't new in naija! av seen even a worse case were dr kept on looking @ victims till they all pass out cos they haven't been ordered! we ain't proactive n we ain't reactive either! RIP to d dead!

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by kowema(f): 8:17pm On Dec 26, 2015
Oh My God!!!!....So painful.

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by AceRoyal: 8:17pm On Dec 26, 2015
embarassed shocked angry cry

Please Mods this is FrontPage worthy,if Na Tonto Dike or wan so called celeb taking useless pictures now,e go don enter FP!

Cc: Seun,Lalasticlala,Mynd44

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by emmchi(m): 8:27pm On Dec 26, 2015
I think saving a life is paramount irrespective of the order from above.

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by mummyf(f): 8:40pm On Dec 26, 2015
I weep for nigeria! cry

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by THUNDER4real(m): 8:55pm On Dec 26, 2015
@op: I believe you allowed that accident victim to die purposely. your are suppose to have given 24hours care while waiting for money....This is why we have Accident and EMERGENCY unit in hospitals....There is no way the owner of the person won't pay there bill. Remember police is involved, so I think paying of the hospital bill would have been accelerated by them...

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by cosmatika(m): 9:04pm On Dec 26, 2015
THUNDER4real:
@op: I believe you allowed that accident victim to die purposely. your are suppose to have given 24hours care while waiting for money....This is why we have Accident and EMERGENCY unit in hospitals....There is no way the owner of the person won't pay there bill. Remember police is involved, so I think paying of the hospital bill would have been accelerated by them...
Did u read everything at all? I'm a house officer, d lowest in d medical ladder. Can't tek some decisions wtout my snrs. Its a govt hospt & nt my father's

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by cosmatika(m): 9:07pm On Dec 26, 2015
That's it

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by THUNDER4real(m): 9:11pm On Dec 26, 2015
cosmatika:
Did u read everything at all? I'm a house officer, d lowest in d medical ladder. Can't tek some decisions wtout my snrs. Its a govt hospt & nt my father's
God forbid: What of if the person lying down there is a sibling? will you wait for orders to act?

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by xavier0327(f): 9:22pm On Dec 26, 2015
THUNDER4real:
God forbid: What of if the person lying down there is a sibling? will you wait for orders to act?

As in eh? I tire....i would save lives first!!! Medical doctor indeed!! What's the worst that can happen? ?? You get fired? Won't you have some consolation at least that you did the right thing? You are coming here to lament!! Mstheeeew!

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by cosmatika(m): 9:38pm On Dec 26, 2015
xavier0327:


As in eh? I tire....i would save lives first!!! Medical doctor indeed!! What's the worst that can happen? ?? You get fired? Won't you have some consolation at least that you did the right thing? You are coming here to lament!! Mstheeeew!
I bet u wntd to do medicine but failed, hence ur rant against Drs. So u dnt knw dat govt policies affect healthcare provision in dis country? Or u dnt knw dat d nurses re d custodians of d equipments? So if a Nurse seys I won't bring out d oxygen cylinder cos px has nt registered I'll go fight her? Use ur head

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by boboLIL(m): 10:04pm On Dec 26, 2015
In patrick's voice... Its a pittable pisma pisma and regrettably painful we have this kinda thing happening everyday without immediate approach in Nigeria... RIP to the dead

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by ritababe(f): 10:05pm On Dec 26, 2015
You are wicked, how can order from above stop you from saving someone's life, if its your sister will you watch her die like that?
You are a doctor and thats your job irrespective of the order above.

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by Nobody: 10:05pm On Dec 26, 2015
i dont even know what to say. Whether to blame the government or the doctors union.
Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by wunmi590(m): 10:05pm On Dec 26, 2015
And everyday some people keep shouting, Nigeria will get there, when is it with this sane attitude?

I shake my head for the new generation of this country.

You can imagine where a senior doctor for that matter is saying money first before life.

@OP you did your best God gives live and take it, you shall be rewarded by God with the little time you spent in trying to proffer solution.

RIP to the dead

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by Lasgidy1(m): 10:06pm On Dec 26, 2015
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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by Kelklein(m): 10:06pm On Dec 26, 2015
Most specialist hospitals I know of(Kogi for example) have A&E department that attends to emergency patients first before any form of payment is demanded.

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by Flashh: 10:06pm On Dec 26, 2015
Guy, please don't embarrass us. Make sure you type in full word at some of your write up. embarassed

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by hungryboy(m): 10:07pm On Dec 26, 2015
That's what you get, when you have majority of people choosing to go into a profession, just because it's lucrative not because the really love the act of saving lives.

I remember a day i was in the waiting room of a government hospital and an accident victim was brought to the hospital,

None of the nurses or porters gave a damn, the guys that brought the guy had to come into the reception area,
Look for a wheelchair, and pushed the injured guy to the accident ward,

While the nurses looked on unconcerned

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by RedCapChief(m): 10:07pm On Dec 26, 2015
@op, don't let anybody make you feel guilty for heeding the instruction of your senior. I have been a house officer and I understand a bit of the dynamics of government practice. The fact that we deal with human life makes everything so sentimental so people will call you all sorts of names and ask you to lose your job. I have seen where the doctor is ready to work, but the nurses refuse to bring out the instruments because they are on strike. You can't disobey your senior. It is just like a military service system.

Besides, can you guarantee that you would have been able to save the woman's life? No law stops you from giving first-aid but can you continue to give the required care? You were not negligent in your duty.


It is a pity that we live in a country with a messed-up health system and you have to pay out of pocket for the most basic kind of healthcare. There is no social fund for accident victims in hospitals so anybody who is mad at you can go down to the nearest hospital and make a donation.

Many of the people criticizing you for not spending your money have never donated a single vial of normal saline (150 naira) or iv cannula (200 naira) to any government hospital. Just continue to do your best within your limits. Nigeria will be better soon

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by corisande: 10:08pm On Dec 26, 2015
. embarassed.
Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by joyandfaith: 10:08pm On Dec 26, 2015
cosmatika:
Did u read everything at all? I'm a house officer, d lowest in d medical ladder. Can't tek some decisions wtout my snrs. Its a govt hospt & nt my father's

pls,next time if patientis ur sibling ignore order from above. To hell with order from above.why are doctors so timid and cowards?

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Re: My Bitter Experience As A Doctor Today by iteleaye(m): 10:08pm On Dec 26, 2015
Dat Snr doctor is wicked... Isnt that place a govt hospital? What is her business if they pay or not... Its not like her salary is paid from what those patients pay... I may be wrong tho, but thats the first thing dat comes to my mind

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