The Finishing Rule of Defense (100% Inspiring)
Recently, a man died. People die everyday, so that’s nothing new (The Finishing Rule of Defense). Sad, yes, but that’s just life. Death is a part of life; albeit its end. There are a million paths that could lead to “the world beyond the veil.” There’s no doubt that we are all surely advancing towards death, but it could be avoided for as long as humanly possible with the help of people such as the police, doctors and fire service men, even down to people with seemingly unimportant jobs like life guards, fitness instructors and so on.
Some artist once said “The world is a crazy and chaotic place, where death, in its many forms is advancing at break-neck speed. It’s the job of some people to do their best to keep it at bay. The finishing rule of defense.”
It is dangerous when those who should be our “last line of defense” do not realize (or choose to disregard) the importance of their job. This mediocrity sets us back decades, and leaves us vulnerable to the yawning chasm of chaos.
About that man that died. His name was Alex, no more than 25 years of age; just gained admission into the beautiful and esteemed Gombe State University, was running a thriving business. To cut it short, his life was going great as can be, until he had the misfortune of meeting a certain dentist, whose name the police refused to release to the media, in a bid to avoid his being lynched by a mob.
Mr Alex had a minor tooth ache, that normally would have required a fairly simple procedure to take care of. An anesthetic was to be injected into the gum surrounding the tooth under such pain, then “root canal therapy” was to be carried out (cleaning out of the nerves and blood vessel and sealing off of the root canals of said tooth) and a few general crown procedures were to be performed as well.
These procedures should be a walk in the park for a properly licensed and practicing dentist who knows the ins and outs of his profession. Unfortunately, this dental care personnel wasn’t well tested nor licensed. In fact, reports from a source has it that the so called dentist wasn’t actually a dental technician (dentist), but merely a dental therapist. This simply means that he had no clearance, no authorization to dispense or attempt to inject any one with anything. The job of a dental therapist is to give advice on dental hygiene, or at most, prescribe antibiotics for dental pain, before that patient sees an actual dentist.
This “dentist” administered a drug called Adroxyl to the patient, directly into his gum. This is normal in some dental procedures, except for a minute but critical detail: “Adroxyl must not be administered to patients under dental anesthesia.” Some sources say that these words were clearly printed on the vial containing this substance. Alas, they weren’t clear enough for this self acclaimed dentist, so he went ahead to inject Mr Alex, causing him to go into anyphylactic shock. Mr Alex began convulsing like an epileptic patient, was coughing gutterally.
Reports vary slightly. Some say he died almost instantly, others sat he lasted almost two days before he finally expired, but the bottom line is that he died, clearly as a result of the dental injection. As a result of the mediocrity of a medical practitioner.
Some medical personnel who were participants in an online conversation about the incident were sympathetic towards the doctor. One said, “It probably wasn’t his fault. There’s every possibility that it was an allergic reaction to some drug or earlier condition present in Mr Alex’s system that led to his death, but we would not know until an autopsy is carried out on the corpse.” Another said that the blame should be on the government for lack of proper emergency services, which could have saved the young man’s life, had they arrived in good time.
At this, majority of the other participants in the said online conversation were outraged. One remarked the the “dentist” should have asked for and checked Mr Alex’s medical history before administering any drugs. Another said the physician should have had antidotes at the ready, in case of any eventuality.
It was a heated conversation. Both sides, giving valid but clearly sentimental points to defend their side of the argument. However, the point still remained: Mr Alex was dead, his bereaved family grieving, and his killer on the run; A wanted man, a fugitive of the law.
Someone observed: “If the therapist was blameless, why did he run?” Well we won’t be able to know until we ask him, which is not likely to be possible any time soon, given the situation of things.
It is a very sad fact that Mr Alex’s death isn’t the first, neither will it be the last casualty caused by mediocrity in the medical sector of the country.
I was usually sick at a young age. I once went to a hospital for check up when I was about 11 years old, and they had to draw some blood samples to run some tests. The nurse who was to collect my blood took my right arm, tied a tourniquet above my elbow, rubbed what smelled like methylated spirit on the pit of my elbow, where the veins and arteries were supposed to be the most visible, and she proceeded to insert the needle without checking for a vein. She pulled back the plunger to suck some blood into the syringe, but apparently, nothing but a few drops of blood trickled into the empty compartment. She had to withdraw and reinsert the needle severally times, before she had finally gotten what I assume was the minimum amount of blood required for the tests. By then I was in pains. Drops of blood were dripping down my arms, from the holes where the needle had pierced me. She scooped them up to add to the little she had managed to extract with the syringe. Those tiny holes scarred. When I walked out the hospital doors, I was in more pains than when I walked in.
In Nigeria, there are thousands of people whose stories range from something as mundane as my ordeal with the naughty nurse,” to something as morbid as Mr Alex’s demise at the hands of the deviant dentist. A lot of people whose deaths were neither televised nor publicized. A lot of people who have fallen victim to the menace that is medical mediocrity. A lot of lives have been lost, and a lot more will be if nothing is done to curb situation. Stricter medical laws should be passed and brutally enforced; every medical practitioner should be scrutinized with lenses of high magnification. Also, enough funding should be pumped into the medical sector of the country, to enable researchers make progress in medical development, as well as to properly equip medical facilities, to adequately handle any circumstance that may present itself at any given time.
There is a reason most wealthy people in Nigeria would rather go abroad for treatment instead of receiving it here. The reason, which isn’t that far fetched, is the general belief that Nigerian schools, being mostly corrupt, produce half baked students. The medical situation in our nation van be cut short if this “half baked syndrome” is nipped in the bud and only well deserving students are awarded degrees and licenses to practice in their field.
When there is a weak link in our last line of defense, the entire chain of defense is compromised and we are all in grave danger of meeting our end sooner that we should. But when every link is fortified and purged of mediocrity and lackadaisical attitudes, there will be, at least, a semblance of sanity and stability to this chaotic and unpredictable journey that is life.