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Medical Care: Miracle Healing, Herbal Medicine As Solace For Nigerians

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ElevateNews takes a look at the dearth of quality hospitals as patients resort to church and herbs.

There is no doubt about it that Nigerians now build more churches than hospitals. Also, there is a steady increase in the number of herb sellers by roadsides. There customers or patients are also increasing on a daily basis.

Our hospitals look more like a museum. There is a slight difference between the population of dead bodies that enter the morgue and their relatives who storm the place to carry the dead. I do not wish you to visit any of the public hospitals in Lagos. The sight is pathetic.

At the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja and Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, more patients leave their sickbeds to the graves more than their homes.

They die of curable illnesses due to lack of money and medical expertise in many of the hospitals. Thousands of Nigerian doctors leave the country at will for greener pastures elsewhere.

Ironically, the security personnel in many of our hospitals have outnumbered the doctors. The government employs more security men to protect obsolete equipment than the medical personnel in the hospital. No adequate hands to take care of patients while many of the equipment therein are obsolete.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari once raised the alarm that there was no single syringe at the Ask Rock Clinic. I do not pray that you should have an appointment with a doctor at any of the public hospitals.

The process of seeing a doctor takes an eternity and when a patient is able to see the doctor, the diagnosis is so snappy due to the population of patients that are waiting to see the doctor on a daily basis.

You wonder why you have to visit the hospital when the doctors themselves have nothing to offer than advice instead of care.

Some Nigerians have been lucky, especially the popular ones like former Super Eagles captain and coach, Christian Chukwu whose medical bill abroad was paid by millionaire businessman, Femi Otedola.

Also, Mr. Babatunde Omidina, a Nollywood Comedian with the stage name, “Baba Suwe” had solace from good Nigerians who took him abroad for quality medical attention.

But millions of Nigerians are not popular and unlucky. They die simply because of no money and the stress in the hospital.

Some relatives who look after their sick ones, even fall sick during the process due to the stress they face in the hospitals.

And if you must get quick treatment, then you must be loaded with enough money to visit good private hospitals. However, most Nigerians have resorted to going to churches for miracle healing.

Of course, a few have received their healings by faith, there are fake churches around who capitalise on the bad economy to rip off their members in the name of providing healing.

And despite this, millions who cannot afford medical bills troop to churches and herbalists. They are also referred to as “Iya Alagbo’. The government has since recognised alternative medicine like the use of herbs but there is no adequate regulation on this. Many die drinking concoction.

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