I received a distress call few minutes 10pm yesterday in response to an accident victim.
I swiftly responded by taking the victim to University of Benin Teaching Hospital believing it to be for the masses hence it’s owned by federal government of Nigeria.
Alas! I was damn wrong. Emergency admission card alone is N7, 000. To sew the injury and dressing of same which is just one place is N10, 000 beside injections and drugs expected to be bought.
A rough estimate to get attended to was about N25, 000 or you go and die in your house.
I decided to take the victim to the old central hospital (not the one privatized by Governor Obaseki).
I obtained admission card for N50 and both sewing of the wounded area and drugs cost me N5, 900.
Before we could finish from the hospital, it was already past 3am.
One is forced to wonder if there is anything at all the federal government is doing for its citizens in ameliorating their pains and suffering.
Access to affordable healthcare shouldn’t have anything to do with luxury or opulence in a country with so much resources that are only meant to be stolen by few individuals that are given power to hold in trust.
Edo state government have also followed same path by privatizing the new Central Hospital built by the former administration.
Admission card in the hospital built with tax payers’ money can only be accessed by only the rich in Edo state.
Healthcare, education and public transportation are sectors government is expected to subsidized, taking funds from the collective taxes paid by citizens in order to reduce their burdens and not to run same as private entities.
The need to have a government is gradually waning in the minds of the people daily as it continually fails to meet up with its responsibilities.
A time will come and such time is near that, citizens will refuse to be feeding any set of persons in the name of government who have nothing to offer them in return.
There shall be spontaneous resistance, then the real revolution ignites.
@views exclusive right: Leftist Osazee Edigin, two time Public Relations Officer of Edo Civil Society Organisations and business innovator