A Nigerian mother has taken to social media to lament over the way some nurses of a popular children’s hospital at court road, Onitsha, treated her when she brought her complaint before them.
According to the woman whose name on Facebook is Mmiri Mara Ugo Emenaha, she took her sick child to this particular hospital and upon arriving at the medical centre, she presented her child with a complaint of incessant and persistent night fever.
As a mother, Emenaha had expected the nurses to take up the case immediately. Instead, they asked her to go bring a thermometer to check her baby’s temperature. Even when she said she did not have one, these practitioners insisted that she go buy one.
According to the nurses, if she did not obtain a thermometer, her child would not be attended to regardless of the problem involved. Angry at this maltreatment, Emenaha, who immediately took her baby girl to another hospital, later took to her Facebook page to rant and express her grievance.
See her post:
”Imagine taking a baby to a popular children’s hospital at court road Onitsha and being told by the nurses to buy a thermometer before the complaint of incessant night fever can be looked into.Nursing and Midwifery Council Nigeria.
Those nurses shouldn’t be found at any hospital environment not even as cleaners because they lack empathy.”
Many Nigerians have reacted to her post accordingly. Many were agitated and outraged at the action of the nurses. Some of them, however, supported the claim of the nurses.
See some of the reactions below:
Theresa Obaitor-Zaku Please, fellow citizens, let us not make excuses for the unprofessional manner this mother and her child were treated. A thermometer is one of the least equipment a hospital should have. Asking every child coming to the hospital to come with a thermometer to my mind is not correct.
Chidosky Ladosky Well they might have been wrong and unprofessional with their approach. However it’s advisable that nursing mothers have a thermometer at home. You can use it to record the temperature spikes when a baby has midnight fever. It helps pediatricians a lot.
Nne you shouldn’t be surprised. This is Nigeria for you, it’s terrible how things are done here. We survive on our own here. Nothing works.
Dube-Elosia Uyauno Ogoo Cece Hope you didn’t misunderstood the nurses because, if you do it’s wrong because you need it for your own good oooo.