15th Mar, 2016
What if there is such an insurance that covers the health of all childhood emergencies and under-5 health care in Nigeria? What if every child that comes to a physician can receive optimal health care?
Another child was brought in a few hours ago, folks are both civil servants and haven't been paid in over 2 months.
The child had been ill for 20 days, and they'd been administering analgesics with the hope that she would get better.
She was presented at the 24th day of life with fever of 20 days (as earlier mentioned), inability (refusal) to feed of 2 days and altered level of consciousness of a day.
Everything seemed totally bad and fought to push this child off the edge. First, the case itself and then the state of my facility when the child presented. We had no suitable space for admission and no emergency management resources available. The first thing was to refer to a Federal Tertiary Centre; well, that proved impossible because the parents insisted that they were there at first but were told that there was no available 'space'.
Management became a battle, a war. Between broke folks, Good Samaritans who wanted to lend some materials (though they did not have the necessities), lack of bed space and a child who was barely able to breath.
Well, at 24th day of life when this child was presented, she had severe sepsis already and already had multiple organ dysfunction.
Whatever 'Hope Well' upon which her parents drew from must be really sweet and nourishing. For despite the pronouncement of my team's prognosis for the child, they still remained optimistic.
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I dare dream of a better Nigeria I dare dream of a day to come Days when the health care of the Nigerian child is free
I dare dream of child health care that is unrivaled Days when it would be a crime for a parent to keep The child at home without proper medical care
Days when the pediatrician's management plan for The child is not hindered by financial nor logistic implications.
I dare dream! I have a dream!
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Dare Adetuberu ...thinking about the "child health in Nigeria".