Sam AwedaTuesday, June 3, 2014
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-Continuation of my thoughts at the Home Calling of my Wife-Victoria Aweda

t has always been my prayer that I do not have to be hospitalized for any reason in Nigeria, I will not be able to tolerate the environment except if 'am unconscious.

I was on holidays in Nigeria in the summer of 1996 and I had to visit a relation on admission at our own one time glorious 'Harvard' University College Hospital. I am referring to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan. Patients on admission went from home with all things they needed. The walls, both inside and outside have seen no face lift in years. The surroundings were un-kept and stink. It was a pathetic sight. I understood that Patients who needed surgery went with water from their homes. Most prescribed medications were purchased at Pharmacy stores outside the hospital.

In the summer of 2010, I visited another relation on admission at another University Hospital. It was an emergency unit of the Paediatric ward. The baby mattress was soiled badly heavily, I would not touch it for any reason. The room had no wash hand basin and I wondered where any Doctor after examining the patient will wash his hands. The whole environment stinks with water flowing inside some rooms and corridors due to pipe burst, here and there. Electricity was and still a luxury.

In these Hospitals, patients wait endlessly to see a Doctor. Many repeat their visits many times before they are attended to for once. The staff are very rude. Yet the cost of any hospital visit is not funny.

Investigations; laboratory tests and particularly imaging like Ultrasound (US), Computerized Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is like asking too much. The imaging systems often break down and worst, the cost is out of reach of the poor.

And where the investigations are made, treatments are often delayed when results of the investigations are not forth coming.

With all the medical care, which my wife received after she was taken ill in the United States (U S), I weep daily for Nigeria.

Telephone rang to remind us of our appointments. The different Medical Facilities worked out days and times convenient for each of our visits. Not once was our appointment cancelled. Not once were the Doctors late for our appointments. Not once did any investigations we were scheduled for failed. We were treated most decently and with utmost courtesy. US, CT, MRI were used without hesitation whenever needed.

Reports of investigations were promptly sent electronically to the requesting Physicians. Patient's information is available in every hospital. What do I mean? If I attend a hospital in Maiduguri, details of my case can be assessed in an Enugu, Lagos hospital or anywhere. Patients information and data can be assessed from the central data bank.

The doctor who finally diagnosed the ailment on April 21 was most sympathetic. The Head nurse repeatedly followed up with calls to note if there was anything further she could do.

Almost all the Doctors who saw her called to condole with me after she departed. The staff sent me cards

My experience on Sat. May 10 is worth reporting. We reached emergency situation and a family couple friend who were with us called the emergency service, referred to as 911. It is unbelievable that within a couple of minutes, by the time I went up to put on my pant and shirt, I heard the blow of siren heralding the arrival of 'Emergency Details' including two Ambulance vehicles; both having life saving apparatus, two Police vehicles and a Fire Department Truck.

Within few minutes, she was put in one of the ambulances, resuscitated, and we were on our way to the Hospital. As we went, the emergency unit of the hospital we were going already had all necessary information the moment I gave them her Social Security Number (SSN).

The ambulance had a different route for entering the emergency Department. The driver opened the door by remote control. The ambulance staff had been informed, which room had been allotted to us and we went there straight, with no single protocol. Two nurses and a Doctor were already in the room waiting for our arrival. Examination and Treatment commenced promptly.

I know scoffers will say and what was the end result? After all she did not survive.

Yes she did not but I am satisfied that she had the best care she could have gotten; courtesy of the Health/Medical system, which the government of the United States had put in place AND the satisfactory work habit of the Health/Medical Professionals. And I am not biting my teeth that I have been ruined financially, upon which she eventually did not survive. Unlike in Nigeria where people live with two tragedies; they are ruined financially, put in bad debt and eventually the loved one dies.

For the few days she was hospitalized, the room where she was housed was just like a 5-star hotel and that is just how all hospital rooms are in all the sensible countries of the world.

Permit me to attach some pictures of how a typical Patient's room looks like in the sensible countries for the benefit of readers at home.

The thing is that Nigeria was going that road before until we lost direction, lost all senses, lost decorum and wisdom of God and we embraced profligacy and the spirit of squander mania entered into our leaders. They have no shame; no urgency to catch up with the sensible countries.

Now the LORD says

"'When people fall down, don't they get up again?

When they discover they're on the wrong road, don't they turn back?

5 Then why do these Nigerians stay on their self-destructive path? Jer. 8: 4-6:

The Lord says:

"Stop at the crossroads and look around.

Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.

Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls (Jer.6 :16).

Getting Nigeria on the right course so that poverty will not rob us of sailing safely home (heaven) is what my campaign is all about and I am further energized with my recent experience to continue the campaign until we too in Nigeria catch up with the sensible countries.

For Nigeria sake will I not hold my peace, and I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth (Isaiah 62:1).

Just on Monday June 2 2014, the Punch newspaper carried the report that 70% of the most expensive buildings in London are owned by Nigerians, yet the largest members of the populace die cheaply like chickens from simple ailment because they themselves are ungodly and will behave worst were they themselves able to occupy the vantage positions.

People have been hoping for a Jerry Rawlins Ghana type of cleansing. It cannot work in Nigeria. One group or the other will claim that their tribe had been targeted.

Only a spiritual solution will work, where we will all embrace the wisdom of God which says "Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach. If Nigerians will reason and join my campaign, our freedom from poverty is at our door step.

My wife had hoped to see Nigeria returned to the path of sanity, which she grew to know. She sacrificed so much for the campaign. She was not the one that saw the vision; I did but she has learnt over the years to trust my vision and she made lot of sacrifice towards its achievement. But alas she has become another Biblical Moses who saw the promised land a far off but did not reach it physically. However, my consolation is in the word of Paul the apostle, which says "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" (2Cor.5:8) which is actually better for her but she has left a vacuum in my campaign. So sleep on my dear wife.

Dear reader, should God be ministering to your spirit to join me in the crusade to sanitize Nigeria through spiritual means, please write me to "[email protected]" The Lord bless you.

(To be continued)