Recently I cried over the death
of a very young girl called Ogaga Okparavero who had asthma. She
was so young and had a full life ahead of her but I guess it was her
time. Was it really? I started asking myself
questions like, what if she was born in a better country? By that I mean another country with good
health care and dedicated medical
practitioners who would not use the frustration of the treatment from the
government to punish citizens who have not done anything to offend them.
I cried for the young girl not just because she died but
how she died. The pain came when I heard of
the struggle to save her life which would have been so possible
only of we had more passionate doctors and nurses who treat human beings
as important.The poor girl had a bad crisis in her
home, her mum and sister triedto rush her to the
hospital only to be attacked by armed robbers whowere terrorizing the neighborhood.They begged the armed robbers to let them go because of
the situation Ogaga was in. Surprisingly,
the armed robbers even had a better heart and more compassion than the
hospital they went to.The robbers let them go
and they finally got into a hospital hopingtheir case would be treated as an emergency seeing that
this younggirl was almost giving up. To their greatest shock,
without eventrying to resuscitate the young girl
the hospital told them they didnot have oxygen so there was nothing they could do.
My goodness! I thought to myself, these hospitals without
the basic requirements of the hospital
management board should all be shut down. Dejected and so scared, they
left that hospital to another one andbefore they could even attend to them they were required
to fillcards, pay money, etc. The wickedness of it all really
beats myimagination because the young girl had stopped breathing
with all thedelays, her temperature had started
changing. Goodness me!The doctor then finally
comes to see the body only to order them totake a dead body out of his hospital. He was actually
angry that a dead body was brought in to
his hospital. What madness is that? How did he know she was brought in
dead? If they had attended to her and tried to save her life first
before worrying about money, would she not at least be stabilized. Why are we so wicked? Why do we not careabout human lives? How did we get to the point where the
money is moreimportant to these doctors and nurses
than saving the lives that theypromised to save when they were in med school? How many of thesepeople actually went to proper schools for this?
I am sure most of you have heard about the smart trick one
of the governors of the country
pulled, which led to the sack of a lot of nurses. He went into one of
the most popular hospitals in a veryconvincing disguise and was treated like a dog because he didn't
looklike he had money. This went on for so long that he took
his disguiseoff and all the nurses started
running all over the place. He relievedthem of their duties which I thought was fantastic.
A lot of people have died in the hands of the same people
they run to for help. Do we plan to be sick? Do we
plan to have crisis? Do we plan to be shot? Do we plan to have
accidents? What if these things happen at the time you don't have a dime in
your pocket but it's an emergency? Do we die because no one will attend
to us if there is no immediate cash? Is this how life is supposed to
be?We have killed a lot of us in this country and i am in so
much painbecause I am not even sure who to blame anymore. I don't know
if it'sthe hospitals who don't have time for emergencies until
they see money, or the government who
will not pay them on time till they strike, or the electricity
which is nonexistent thereby making the hospitals insist on payment so
they can buy diesel to power their generators.
Stacey Okparavero and Ogaga Okparavero
Ogaga is gone today, tomorrow it can be anyone. May her soul and the souls of
those who have died due to negligence rest in perfect peace? Amen.
An art exhibition in honor of
Ogaga Okparavero will be held from the 9th to the 17th of February at
Water Works Gallery, 3B unity close, off Africa lane, Lekki phase
1, Lagos Nigeria. This exhibition is being presented by late
Ogaga's sister Stacey Okparavero, who I believe is one of the best
visual artists in the country today. I am proud to say that some of my
paintings are by Stacey who has also done a beautiful portrait of me.
Stacey is also a singer and an actress who trained and starred in the
high school musical stage play. I ask you all to please pass
by and encourage this young girl who watched her sister pass away
gradually and wants to immortalize her.
God bless you all for your constant support. As you pray
for the Okparavero family please pray
for Nigeria as well. Quote: Greed brings grief to
the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live. Proverbs 15:
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