It has been a busy couple of weeks creating, tending to, reaching out, pulling public support for our warriors in need, and of course singing praises of our tireless health aids/workers.
April 2nd through 9th is a week-long acknowledgement and is celebrated as World Health Worker Week and National Public Health Week (both in Nigeria and Internationally) as the WHO has mobilized communities, partners and policy makers in support of health workers in communities around the world. During this week, health institutions, organisations, workers, and ngo's like us take out the time to say a hearty thank you to those who dedicate their time, energy, resources and humanity towards making people better and teaching us better ways of taking good care of ourselves. As the famous saying goes; health is wealth; thus indeed, the wealthiest amongst us are the healthy ones!
In line with WHO, we wanted to celebrate you for all the lives you touched and impact you made in communities around Nigeria so we reached out to public health workers, mostly doctors to hear about their businesses on a daily basis, both the good and encouraging, and the bad stories (read below).
I walked into the hospital as optimistic about the day as I usually am, ready to do my rounds during call, when suddenly this frantic nurse comes running down the hall screaming “Doctor! Doctor!!! The patient is not breathing.” I run to the bedside, ready to practice the ACLS skills I learned during my medical school rotations and my externship in the US. To my surprise there was no crash cart, no massive influx of 10 million people to the bedside. In fact, the concept of
code blue did not exist. What was a girl to do?
I am especially fueled by the large morbidity and mortality rates from easily preventable causes. As a junior doctor in Nigeria, I have learnt to constantly improvise in a poverty stricken society where adequate resources needed to save a life did not exist. This is my county and these are my people. So as frustrating as it may be, we (as doctors) just do the best we can with the little we have to change someone’s life. Dr. I. Umar (Abuja).
Being a Dr fills me up with so much joy, it's like everything else fades away when I am with my patients... till the fatigue sets in from being overworked, or patience starts to run thin from the irregularities of the system, or impatient patients and their relatives. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else though. It's my calling, my home. We ride! Dr. Habiba Ibrahim, (Abuja).
Dr. Mims, Medical Director, Online Medical Concierge Service has these to say:
Accordingly, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition outlined that "World Health Worker Week is an opportunity to mobilize communities, partners, and policymakers in support of health workers in your community and around the world. It's a time to celebrate the amazing work that they do and raise awareness to the challenges they face every day. Perhaps most importantly, it's an opportunity to fill in the gaps in the health workforce by calling those in power to ensure that health workers have the training, supplies and support they need to do their jobs effectively." This year, the theme was "Health Workers Are the Heart of Health For All". Click here to find out how the global health community celebrated.
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