You would have woken up that day, energetic, looking to contribute your quota to the hallowed profession and your country
Or you may not have slept seeing as it was a weekend
Sunday January 21, a day your family will never forget
Probably you’d been working right from Saturday
WEEKEND CALL, WEEKEND CALL.
You would have spent the weekend clerking new patients, taking blood samples from old patients
Doing ward rounds and still reading about the cases just so your consultant would not embarass you
In between being sent on house boy errands by your senior colleagues
In between looking for a few minutes to catch up on sleep
In between Nurses calling you from various wards to re set IV lines that have tissued.
In between wondering where your next meal would come from.
“Doctor there’s a new patient for you to see”
The nurse’s work is done, she has told you
You pick your stethoscope. You ask for gloves
“Borrow from the patients.” The matron advices
You find a pair of latex gloves
gloves that have not passed regular quality checks
half bread is better than none.
“Nurse this patient is hot!”
there and then your life begins to change
No. Your life starts to end.
“Call the consultant!”
” Young man, you are the doctor on duty, you’re in charge”
“Call the state epidemiologist!”
“Are you for real?”
“Call the ministry of health!”
“Young man, this is a weekend. Wait till monday morning maybe around 10am.”
I promised you mummy, I promised you daddy
The sleepless nights would not be in vain
The books you bought would not be in vain
All the money spent would not be in vain
I said I would make you proud.
“I don’t want to die! What is being done to stop this?”
“We will isolate you”
“Just lie on that couch there, watch out for that jutting spring”
“Where are my senior colleagues?”
“They’re still deciding what to do.”
“Where’s the commissioner?”
“Don’t worry he’s ontop of the situation.”
“Where’s my State Governor?”
“He just moved into his new home, don’t bother him”
“Where’s my President?”
“He’s flagging off his campaign”
“There are cows we have to find colonies for.”
(RIP DR AHMED VICTOR IDOWU, FMC. LOKOJA)Follow me