By A Kibagendi
On Medical Practitioners, Nurses and General healthcare
– the profession has been watered down, unlike before where those who studied medicine,were the best students from high school, nowadays the qualifications have been greatly lowered, its nolonger a calling like it used to be, the motivation is purely money and not service to humanity.
-Doctors have become greedy, they want to work for numerous hospitals, make as much money as possible as they also try to create time to attend to their personal patients in their private clinics and hospitals in the process the quality of medical attention is compromised
-Way back, nurses used to be the most compassionate people, they would go out of their way to care for the sick, but nowadays in hospitals they aide thieves to steal patients phones, babies etc, they are so heartless, they querrel or even discipline patients, they sometimes ignore patients, look at the sorry state of Kenyatta Hospital, and all public hospitals in kenya, they demand for bribes to get patients beds, food and even medication, if you dont corparate they watch you dying.
-Medical facilities management, they misappropriate resources, or divert them to their private hospitals or clinics, being a supretendant of a medical facility in kenya, or matron or head nurse means and opportunity to loot, not to serve, public hospitals arw ill equiped mainly because of theft,public medical personnel colluding with private hospitals and chemists so that deaperate patients can be referred their for thwm to get commissions.
Greed amongst medical practitioners turned entreprenuers who build magnificent hospitals like Karen, coptic, Nairobi, MP shah, Agha Khan, Getrudes and other private hospitals down in the counties, these people are not concerned about providing exceptional healthcare, they are concerned about profits,instead of focusing on their co business-quality healthcare provision, they are focused on ensuring their beds are filled to capacity, their beds/rooms are more expensive than rooms in Serena or Hilton, their meals are more expensive than some of the most exclusive tourist hotels you know,use of their equipment xrays, scanners, chemotherapy stuff etc, do you know how much they charge for gloves and syringes for example?
It is so costly and exploitative that 99 % of kenyans can rarely afford, and these people always rush to admit a patient, recommend the expensive tests and scans, recommend quick procedures that give them the best returns and for those giving birth, they urgently want you to go to theatre.
Better equipped hospitals in the rest of the world including India, the USA, China and even Europe are much cheaper and dedicated that these crazily expensive private hospitals we have in kenya.My friend, just do some research, inquire about a bed at Karen, Nairobi or Getrudes hospital you will be shocked, also find out about reviews from those who have used these facilities….. I have terrible experiences myself.
Have you realized for certain diseases and procedures, its cheaper for someone to go to India where you are guaranteed proper healthcare, no misdiagnosis like it often happens here in Kenya. Its cheaper to Pay for air tickets for the patient and a care giver(mainly a relative)pay for both their accommodation and the bill will not match what we get in kenya.
Am not saying all doctors are bad, am not saying all nurses are heartless and not saying all medical industry entrepreneurs arw greedy, but a vast majority of them are, its a very small percent that is genuinely doing what is required of them diligently. Kenyans we need to transform our country, we need to stop shortcuts to riches, we need to do things according to thw will of God, and what that particular profession requires.I could write about this field the entire day, but that is just a glimpse of what Kenyans face in the Health sector. Good day