By Abiodun Asimiyu Ladepo
A couple of days ago, I received a distress call from home that one of my domestic employees was hit by a car as he was getting off an Okada in the Oluyole area of Ibadan.
It happened around 9pm.
My staff suffered a broken (yes, broken!) left leg near the ankle (bone sticking out) and several bruises on his body, especially his face.
I have photos of my guy’s injuries. Out of respect for him because he is just now able to talk, I will not post the photos. Clearly, the car must have run him over.
The Okada rider, I was told, was even worse. As of 48 hours after the incident, he was still not conscious.
Why am I posting this?
When the accident occurred, there was no functioning emergency number for witnesses/good samaritans to call for an ambulance to give the victims First Aid treatment and transport them to a good hospital.
So, good samaritans picked my guy up (without regard to or knowledge of) whatever injuries he suffered (Ember Lim…your recent post about an accident inspired this), placed him on another Okada, sandwiching him between the Okada driver and a good samaritan…in that bleeding and unconscious state…and rode down to Adeoyo State hospital on Ring Road.
“Foolish” people, what did they expect? That a government hospital in the middle of the state capital would be open at 10 pm? That even if the entire hospital was not open, the emergency ward would be?
Remember that Fresh Fm Ibadan broadcaster, Femi Oluwajobi, who was killed by a hit and run driver on 31 December 2017 (when Ajimobi was governor)? Good samaritans had first taken him to this same (nearby) Adeoyo only to be turned back because the place was deserted. The man died on the way to UCH, a distance of about six miles.
Remember I published two full articles…
…in which I criticized Ajimobi’s government for failing the people of Oyo state in basic healthcare provision?
Now, we have a PDP government there…and before you say one word, their apologists will start jumping up and down like Yoyo.
When my guy was rejected at Adeoyo, the good samaritans took him back to Oluyole to a private hospital there where he had to pay N62,000 for a temporary splint on his leg and woolen gauze on his face and body.
The man was evacuated by his relatives 10 hours after the incident and he is now recovering well in Bauchi in a government hospital…almost free of charge.
That hospital, he told me yesterday, is open 24/7, with at least two doctors on duty all the time.
My PDP friends will tell you they have only spent 100 days there; that we should give them more time.
This goes to what I have been saying…that even the rich are suffering in Nigeria, they just don’t know it. If it was a rich man that was involved in an accident like that, he would have been rejected by Adeoyo if he was taken there, and he would have been charged “hotel suit” rate at a private hospital and given just drips. Gangrene will have set in and he might have lost that leg or his life.
Some of you probably read Pius Adesanmi ‘s account of the decrepit General Hospital in Oyo where he was first taken after the accident on Ogbomosho-Oyo road.
Even the rich are suffering; they just don’t know it.
Governor Makinde must take healthcare delivery seriously. I will return to the subject matter soon.
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