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Come to Nigeria for Medical Check Up

Yesterday, Tuesday 25th August 2009, the President of Nigeria Umaru Musa Yar Adua returned to the country after 10 day medical check up and lesser Hajj trip in Saudi Arabia. He jet in at exactly 5.34pm local time in Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. Yar’adua was accompanied by his wife and mother amongst others.

This is one of his numerous medical trips the more reason why no one raised eyebrow, Nigerian are used to his many trips.

It is my wish that other Presidents of will travel down to Nigeria for medical check up but down within me, I know that any body that travels to Nigeria for medical check up will die on the queue waiting to see the doctor. All protocol observed, the patient will obtain card after which the long wait begins.

In a situation whereby the patient gets to the hospital around 8.0clock there is a possibility that he/she may not see any doctor until the following day. If lucky, he may be ushered in to the presence of the doctor after three hours if in pain, you are on your own; we have a way of managing our facilities, both human and material, so a doctor is alright for 120 patients in any government hospital. There are more that 148million Nigerians to how many doctors, thank God you are ware that there are many qualified Nigerian doctors who fled abroad.

There can never be available drugs after prescriptions therefore the visiting president must come in with enough money to purchase the prescribed drugs. How I wish Yar adua followed this same protocol in Saudi at least with that he would learn how to keep his house in order. If Saudi Arabia government filled its country with dilapidated hospitals, ill equipped infrastructures and scanty doctors will our ever sick president travel down there for medical check up?

Congratulation if you are able to see a doctor, if it is a major sickness, God saves you, but in case there is the need of operation, you have to pick number because there are hundred Nigerians on the list.

There are cases when patients have to wait for a whole year, yes the facilities are not available and the doctors are not machines, because majority of beautiful brains are sojourning abroad, so we maximize the few around? May be it is even Nigerian doctors abroad who fled in pursuit of greener pastures that attend to Nigeria president who usually jet around for medical check ups.

This morning I learnt that any patient suffering from cancer will need up to N500,000 monthly which is about $3,350 for medical dialysis and so forth, secretly I wish this sickness should not affect these poor Nigerians who are always begging for assistance and eventually die. I learnt that there are some countries who support their citizens with medical facilities. May be true or not but the last time I was sick in government hospital August 3-12, all my government gave freely was the medical personnel for prescriptions and 10 piriton (sleeping tablet that costs N50.00 which is 1/3 of a dollar) wrapped in a paper.

The federal republic of Nigeria is not begging any run away doctor to return home, our leaders can afford to travel anywhere in the world to check BP, life is paramount, poor sick Nigerians are free to die, good riddance to bad rubbish, it is none of their business as long as oil money flows, it buys anything in the world.

Nigerian leaders do not need people before they can rule, at least they are not ruling us but our resources, if half of the attention paid to money/looting is paid to the masses , may be the over $300billion stolen in the last thirty years would have solved some medical problems, thank God Nigerians do not even recognize they have leaders except those who eat from politicians pockets. Yar’adua has being out of the nation, it has no effect on the nation so if he is back who cares except Olutosin who must give reports, who sent her in the first instance?

Come to think of it, does a sick country need a sick president? What if his sickness that persists and defies any medical solution is as a result of mother Africa’s vengeance on the number of dead Nigerian children, especially the poor who died of hunger and curable diseases!

May God heal both sick Nigeria and its President. But in case your president is sick, you can suggest that he visits Nigeria General Hospitals at least our President travels to your countries for medical check up too.

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