While in medical school in Nigeria, I learnt a bit about cholera …that it is an infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, and that the main symptoms include profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting, with the management being primarily with oral rehydration therapy (ORT) etc etc. The truth however is that I barely saw a case of cholera while practicing (…while aware of our limited diagnostic capacity). Cholera’s main relevance was in the historical context, and a good examination question.
votes do not count. THEY DO NOT MATTER. A truly sad state of affairs.
But we can do something about it. As we move into the election season, lets us ask our politicians what plans they have for providing us with the basics, the very basics. As our president buys 3 jets for the presidential fleet – lets us remind him that people are dying in Nigeria, in 2010 – of cholera! Let us ask the senators representing these areas – where they have been. How often they have raised their voices in protest? If you are reading this blog – you will probably never have a challenge like cholera – but it is still our problem.
Let us put health back on the political agenda!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead