Headlines for three months; the doctors have dropped their tools, ceased working and watched people lose their lives in demand for exaggerate salaries and allowances. We can all agree that everyone needs a well paying source of income to sustain their living standards. However, do we the need for money at the expense of other innocent patients’ lives who don’t even know which job class doctors are in. Currently, the nurses are on strike too with clinical officers also threatening to do so forcing retired doctors and nurses take up the responsibility to serve the patients with the claim once a doctor always a doctor.
The ironic truth of that statement questions the intentions of Kenyan doctors treating people and the motives of their profession. In the past, doctors worked passionately, since they took it as a call to serve the people. In my opinion, Kenyan doctors and nurses have no concern for patient’s well being. I can conclude that firstly, doctors don’t treat patients even emergency cases without paying any money. Secondly, they misdiagnose patients making them continuously return for treatment. Thirdly, they mistreat patients who often wait for long hours to be served by arrogant medical personnel.
I can relate the ordeal my expectant mother went through while giving birth to me. she had birth complications, being admitted for high blood pressure. When her time of giving birth had arrived, She recalls hastily calling for the nurses who snubbed her off as one nurse was knitting and the other story-telling to colleagues. They told her, she should contain her pain and completely discounted my mothers’ complaint. Hours later, the doctor came for his rounds when he realized that my mother had gone into a prolonged state of labour and opted to take her for an emergency C-section. The baby was exhausted and in distress. By the time the doctors pulled me out, I couldn’t breath, asphyxia is the medical term, I acquired brain trauma resulting to a life-time condition- CEREBRAL PALSY.
My story might not necessarily relate to the current situation but we can all agree that there are many other untold ordeals that have been caused by doctors’ negligence, ignorance and bad work attitudes. Many can question whether the nurses contributed to my current condition, but you can definitely agree that my life would be completely different had they given attention to my mum. Many parents whose children have been misdiagnosed could have intervened early enough in their situation had they been given quality treatment.
In conclusion, Kenyan’s healthcare situation is wanting; we must recognize that for a country to develop, its citizens must be healthy, whole, free from illness and above all free from any avoidable disability.