By Jainaba Jallow

The health system has FAILED. The health system has failed my parents, friends and unborn children. Today I speak from the depths of my heart. From a place so deep that I wish things could turn around for good. I’m caught in a maze

Being interviewed into medical school, I was asked “why do you want to be a doctor”? My response – to save lives of course, but I need not be a doctor in-order to save lives. A police man saves lives on a daily basis, so does a fighter fighter a first aider and so on.  But the reason why I want or rather need to be a doctor is that I believe in the system. I believe it’s a system of empathy. A system put into place re assuring every Gambian that health is a basic fundamental human right in this country, be it rich or poor, old or young, Mandinka or Fula, Muslim or Christian, Gambian or non-Gambian, it has no room for discrimination.

Fast forward into final year of medical school. The eyes and heart have seen so much during this journey. I weep trying to formulate the write words. Where do I even begin? Is it the paediatrics department in which we see on a daily basis our future leaders dying? Is it due to the lack of care? Our horrible work ethics as health care providers? Is the the CMD and management team of the EFSTH or the MoH and the government? So many unanswered questions. But one thing is for sure, take a look at yourself as a health care provider and do what you must to instill change. It begins with you.

Article by: https://standard.gm/system-failure/

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