2019 in Retrospect: Health
By Jude Chukwuemeka
To start Morning Crossfire, Sheriff Quadry goes solo and tries to intimate Nigerians on what’s in store for the program in 2020. Will the show disappear on air? Will it get some more time, so that listeners can have more time airing their views?
Sheriff says we all will soon know because 2020 is just around the corner. It will arrive in less than 24 hours!
As today’s Morning Crossfire is about health, Sheriff starts with the one about hepatitis. The show aired on 99.3 Nigeria Info in July 2019. That was on World Hepatitis Day. He plays a soundbite which has the voice of the doctor who appeared on the show. The doctor says that there are the A, B, and C form of the disease. He also outlines that the symptoms may not be immediate but often shows up as yellow eyes.
In August 2019, there was a discussion about autism and care for special children. On that show, the guests talked about access to medical care for children with disabilities is free. But there are parents with autistic children who keep the children inside the house and these parents may not want to expose the children and the family to stigma.
In September, Morning Crossfire also treated the issue of medical facilities and safety of patients. One of the highlights of that show is what a guest said about medical officers should do to keep their patients safe from getting other diseases in cause of getting needed treatment. However, one of the guests said that Nigerians should be wary of people on the street who own pharmacies and calling themselves doctors.
Another highlight of the show is that there are not enough doctors and nurses in the country. Because the doctors and nurses are already over-worked, they could be rude to patients sometimes.
Catch the full gist by playing the video above.