I have extracted a quote from your recent NHW blog as a real life testimony of some of the salient issues you raised...
"Imagine a woman in labour; and her husband does manage to get her to a hospital. it is 8pm. He has to find blood…., the town is dark as there is no electricity….the private laboratories are all closed"That was exactly the situation when a couple of months ago when my younger cousin was going to become a first-time father.
A young, upwardly mobile banker, he had payed a high premium to register his wife for antenatal care in a highbrow Victoria Island private hospital. He was therefore shocked when he got his wife who was in labour to the hospital and some nonchalant nurses ordered him to go and get blood!
Never lacking in humor, and despite his anger, he asked what they took him for: A cultist or occultist wondering how on earth they expected him to intuitively know where to get blood from that night! As the go-to-person for my family and friends in difficult medical situations (a.k.a. "where there is no doctor"!), I was called upon to advice on the nearest possible blood banks.
Given that he had tried Island Hospital unsuccessfully, I suggested Military Hospital Ikoyi where he managed to get 2 bags which were then taken to St Nicholas Hospital for testing.
In parallel, I was working my contacts and my friend who is an obstetrician was able to get us some supply at the Lagoon Hospital. First she expressed surprise that a patient's relation will be sent to go and look for blood at night when giving blood is not standard practice in child birth.
Finally at about midnight, the result of the blood test at St Nicholas indicated one of the two bags tested positive for HIV! My young cousin was in shivers, his mind was imagining all sorts of scenarios that could have happened if his wife had been transfused with the contaminated blood.
Eventually the wife had an uneventful delivery but the drama was not over.
The next morning he was handed his baby's placenta to dispose of!
That's the situation of our healthcare delivery system in 2011!!!
My brother ......where do we start?