Monday 11 February 2013

We Have Killed Us

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 tried to rush her to the hospital only to be attacked by armed robbers who were 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 hoping their case would be treated as an emergency seeing that this young girl was almost giving up. To their greatest shock, without even trying to resuscitate the young girl the hospital told them they did not 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 and before they could even attend to them they were required to fill cards, pay money, etc. The wickedness of it all really beats my imagination because the young girl had stopped breathing with all the delays, her temperature had started changing. Goodness me! The doctor then finally comes to see the body only to order them to take 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 care about human lives? How did we get to the point where the money is more important to these doctors and nurses than saving the lives that they promised to save when they were in med school? How many of these people 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 very convincing disguise and was treated like a dog because he didn't look like he had money. This went on for so long that he took his disguise off and all the nurses started running all over the place. He relieved them 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 pain because I am not even sure who to blame anymore. I don't know if it's the 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

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: 27


  1. Until a law is passed in dis country whereby it wud b illegal 4 members of d presidency, nass, state & local govt, senior state & federal civil servants etc, and their families, 2 seek 4 medical treatment abroad 'cos of a mere headache, we'll continue to have dis macabre gangnam dance with death! May Ogaga's gentle soul continue 2 rest in d Lords bosom; and to those who contributed in 1 way or d oda, 2 Ogaga's untimely death because of their demonic love 4 money, wat goes around'll definately come around - Law of karma!!

  2. The current state of the Nigerian health care system is a real apology. Even the best private hospitals suffer these basic issues. It is very very unfortunate. Asthma doesn't have to be a death sentence. In addition to the lack of basic infrastructure, the general attitude of the health care workers is not commendable. We definitely need a government that will decide to do something about the deplorable state of our health care system.

    This is so sad and unfortunate. May Ogaga's soul rest in perfect peace and May God grant her family the fortitude to bear the loss.

    Well done Stacey...

  3. After reading dis story, i just have to stay out of d screen 4 like an hour, i cant hold my tears, i cant close my mouth, i cant even tink straight. all i wish to do is just 2 turn back d hand of time. but i know its just not possible.

    Hospital, Government, Phcn, ets. they all comprises of people of nonchalant attitude. i believe one way or d other a doctor or even a nurse can do something for Ogaga without an oxygen.

    Trying something is better than doing nothing!

    Money has really turned people wicked thats all !!!

    May Ogaga's peaceful soul be with the LORD. AMEN.

  4. It did not start today. I lost faith and hope in our doctors when, in the early 1980s, my friend's elder brother, Ambassador, had a car accident on his way back to his work station. All the entreaties to the doctor, by sympathizers who rushed him to a nearby clinic at Enugu, fell on the good doctor's deaf ears. Ambassador was worth a lot more than the amount the good doctor was asking as deposit, but he was near death and could not do anything to facilitate a release of the money.
    The short of it is that Ambassador died without the good doctor giving him a chance on life. One thing is certain in life, that which we love most is what will kill us all in that country.

  5. felix, i couldnt have said it any better. my hope now is that a hospital starts to treat emergency as an emergency then ask for payment later that way other hospitals may copy them. we all no nigerians like to do follow follow

  6. Ogaga,the LGHS family misses you so much.Its still hard to believe and as much as we would like to blame the poor governance of this country,we believe you are in a much better well beautiful one......

  7. Dat is the same way i lost my daughter...she was taken to the first hospital ,instead of doctor to treat her she was referred to another hospital ...i lost her on the way.

  8. Its terrible...everytime i see it happen in the movies im shocked cos a person's life seem so worthless to the doctors who are meant to help.Why do they do that?can a person run away after getting better or what?MONEY MONEY MONEY is killing nigerians when will people see?By the way goodluck is sleeping on that seat 24/ much longer will the electricity issue go on for?really.Rest in the Lord sweetie.


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