Failing med system wreaks havoc
Lagos, Nigeria (AP):
The firing of nearly 800 doctors working at hospitals in Nigeria's most populous state has exposed the failings of the nation's medical system, as lawyers said yesterday negotiations over the physicians' fate continued.
Many of the 17.5 million Lagos residents earn less than US$2 a day, so the state hospitals represent a crucial safety net for the poor in a nation where the political and business elite routinely fly out of the country for care. "In the 1960s here, even in the 1970s, the golden days of Nigeria, people came from Togo, the West Africa subregions to receive treatment," said Dr Olusola Adeyelu, a leader among the fired doctors. "That is when the ruling class had a clear philosophy. ... (Now), they have no clear idea about human beings."