Doctors Are Patients by Dr Uche Anyanwagu

It had been a very tumultuous night shift in the newly relocated ever-busy Children’s Emergency Room (CHER) of a Teaching Hospital, east of the Niger. On this fateful night, I was not feeling too well but I had no choice than to man the almost 100-bedded emergency room with a Registrar whose main occupation that night was to man the 6-spring bed in the doctors’ call room.  As expected, it turned to be a very busy call for me, even as my “village people” were busier blowing white powder in…

‘Stroking’ our Lives away by Dr Uche Anyanwagu

I turned and faced the elderly lady (let’s say she’s Mrs Wright) and asked about her past medical history. Just as most whites are wont, she was ready, loaded with an arsenal of all the sicknesses she had and still has. She was very quick to say the following words that left my mouth agape, no matter how hard I tried that Wednesday morning to act professionally and hide my surprise and shock- “Yes!…” she said, with her voice dismissing it as a normal every day experience. “I’ve had two…