Lessons from meningitis
As much as it is sad that so many people died from Meningitis this year, I will also say that it was embarrassing. This is not the first time, the disease is striking, especially in the Northern part which is usually the most affected due to its hot weather condition. Why then did the authorities wait until the disease began to kill people before taking action. The first report we got after people started dying from the ailment was that there was scarcity of vaccine. Why didn’t the authorities make arrangements for the vaccine, considering that we are not new to this outbreak? And even when the vaccine was made available, some patients were asked to pay for it. We really have to take issues a bit more seriously than we are doing at the moment. This attitude of ‘business as usual’ has caused us a lot of problems as a country.
We mustn’t be caught napping all the time. The deaths recorded this year could have been avoided or minimised if only proactive steps had been taken.
This is a yearly occurrence, so adequate preparations for vaccine should be made long before the season. There should be proper awareness so that parents especially those in rural areas ensure that people in their households are immunised. The latest ailment also brought to the fore the state of our health facilities. Many patients were seen lying on floors, so apart from battling the ailment, they also had to contend with poor infrastructure. That really should not be the case. Relevant authourities should do more in the health sector. The government needs to invest more in the sector to avoid national embarrassment such as that which was witnessed recently with the meningitis outbreak. All hands must be on deck in addressing health issues in the country. It should not be left to government alone. Individuals who have the resources should also invest in the sector to ensure that healthcare is brought close to the people. Qualified personnel should also be hired to administer drugs and give proper care to patients at all times.