|DPT3 Vaccination Coverage – 2007|
I think about the few doctors still working in the North East, or the nurses. I wonder how many of those deployed under the much taunted Midwifery Service Scheme of the NPHCDA were still there, or how many NYSC doctors accept their postings to Maiduguri. I wonder where mothers give birth and how. Who does the caesarean section when indicated or manages the other complications of pregnancy. Who carries out the blood services, the emergency care? When at the end of last year a report described Nigeria as the worst place on earth to give birth; it barely made the news in Nigeria.
Yet our country is in the news every day. It is said that we will become the largest economy in Africa very soon. The richest African is Nigerian, the richest black woman, “owner” of a lucrative oil block – Nigerian, fastest growing market for private jets – Nigeria, booming real estate market…yes you guessed it; Nigeria. Rich Nigerians carry themselves with pomp! Giants of Africa…..
Yes, we have been writing about the health sector for many years – and as we read through our archives, we realize that nothing really has changed for the better. So, in addition to writing, we will do our bit. We do not think we can change the world, definitely not the world around Nigeria, but we will find our small niche and give it the best shot we can. You can too!
And…we will not give up on the blog. It may be slower than usual, but we will keep it going. And if you really want to keep your finger on our pulse, join us on Twitter @nighealthwatch.com
For Nigeria – the next few years will take courage….lots of it.