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medical outrech #2

a cross section of patients hoping to be seen by a doctor

outreach conducted by am/hmi (http://www.amphmi.org/) in conjunction with lagos state government

medical outrech #2

a cross section of patients hoping to be seen by a doctor

outreach conducted by am/hmi (http://www.amphmi.org/) in conjunction with lagos state government

comments (24)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2008, 00:20
It's unbelievable! Thank-you for sharing these images..for showing us who don't know about this..another side of life.
Hoping everyone gets the care they need.
DrAW!: thanks marcie
let's just say more of them than not got to see a doctor smile
This must be tempting for you to get back your stethoscope. Nice candid.
DrAW!: are you kiddin'?
i was one of the doctors they were waiting to see smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 4 Aug 2008, 01:55
It breaks my heart, DrAW. We take so much for granted here in the States/Europe, don't we!!
DrAW!: yeah ginnie,
but you won't believe that even these people have enough to take for granted too...at least relative to some in other african countries where the likes of war and famine are ravaging them
in these parts of nigeria, it's hard to actually see someone starve to death...one way or the other, one'll get something to eat...as opposed to an african country where a vulture was waiting next to a baby who was starving to death (http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/odds_and_oddities/ultimate_in_unfair.htm)
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 4 Aug 2008, 03:39
As strange as this may seem, Doc, this scene brings to mind for me the awful state of medical care for many in the USA too. A trip to an inner city hospital emergency room doesn't seem all that different to me. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
DrAW!: sad to hear sad
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2008, 03:41
Is that in Lagos or out in the country, doc?
DrAW!: it's in lagos smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2008, 06:05
I'm speechless...The need is so great.

I am glad most were able to get the help they were seeking.
DrAW!: yeah smile
thanks for the visit laurie
  • E Etomi
  • Romania
  • 4 Aug 2008, 06:54
God bless you for your endeavours.
DrAW!: thanks for the kind words e
Wow...look it all their faces, it is amazing what people go through, you can see their expressions clearly. I'm sure they were there for hours.
DrAW!: yes many of them were
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 4 Aug 2008, 12:18
China appears to be the same, the queue to see a Dr snaked around the block. It was raining and it was about 0600 in the morning, the doors opened at 0800.
Dramatic image Dr A.W
DrAW!: i think there's a generally low doctor to patient ratio

thanks aussie
  • Raffi
  • Maryland USA
  • 4 Aug 2008, 12:23
WOW! Another great catch! Good shot!
DrAW!: thanks raffi
wait till you see the next one grin
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 4 Aug 2008, 13:55
Health care world wide is in a terrible state.this photo shows just that but in the hospital I work at in brisbane has wait time of up to 4-5 hour and lots of times poor care when seen.Thanks for showing this photo.
DrAW!: considering how long it takes and how difficult it is to churn out doctors, we will need to invest more time in educating the public on preventive health care...
such a task is much harder here in these parts where many people are illiterate...
but that's one challenge i hope to creatively challenge...
i don't want to keep waiting in my consulting room to treat cases that could easily have prevented with the simplest of measures...
  • SuRi
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2008, 14:17
Lovely angle and a great photo... My heart goes out to the people. I am one of the few blessed U.S. citizens with good insurance (still took me 7 months to get a proper diagnosis - even with money in the bank and great coverage) As much complaining as I did, this is a 'wake up' photo for me.
DrAW!: thanks SuRi smile
Well this is quite like a national health A & E department in the UK, doc.
DrAW!: in the uk too?
that's scary!
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2008, 15:14
This is something..pulls at the heart strings..
DrAW!: yeah
it was a five day outreach
the pix from this series were from the penultimate day
so waaay more people showed up than on the first day when the awareness hadn't fully perfused the community (also when people were yet to see to believe that the government was providing free health care)
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich..warm and a bit muggy!
  • 4 Aug 2008, 16:17
I have just clicked on the link you gave Ginnie. I almost wish I hadn't. This article appeared in the Times online on June 18th

Britain was the world’s biggest arms seller last year, accounting for a third of global arms exports, the Government’s trade promotion organisation said.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) said that arms exporters had added £9.7 billion in new business last year, giving them a larger share of global arms exports than the United States.

“As demonstrated by this outstanding export performance, the UK has a first-class defence industry, with some of the world’s most technologically sophisticated companies,” Digby Jones, the Minister for Trade and Investment, said.

Why does that not make me proud to be British?
DrAW!: as bad as man can get
he has the ability/opportunity to do outstanding things that we can be proud of
i'm sure britain also has it's share of great examples of man at his best...doing great deeds for his fellow man
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Aug 2008, 16:53
This puts yesterday's pic into context - incredible. An amazing array of colours and patterns.
DrAW!: thanks again ingrid smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2008, 18:24
Wow! That's an astonishing crowd of people. Is there no local medical support available to them? How do they pick who gets to see the doctors? Surely they can't see all of them.
DrAW!: we tried our best to make sure it was first-come, first-served
undoubtedly, a lot could not be seen during the five-day outreach but over 6000 patients got some kind of health care or other...even if it was just an aspirin wink
the outreach is still a very good idea
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Aug 2008, 19:51
I like the angle and all the colourful bobbing heads adds a certain granularity to the picture. I hope they are not all here to see just one doctor. Must be a lot like rurals walking 20 - 30 kms to see a doctor and then there is a cut-off in the line because the doctor can see just so many people in a day. If you fall on the wrong side of the cut-off then you can take your sick body back home.

And you are right - it could always be worse.
DrAW!: thanks louis.
there were about twenty of us doctors i think.
also there were a lot of cases that didn't need more than a little counselling and routine medication
that's after you've ruled out the malingerers grin
I'm sure some of these people were eagerly anticipating a good shot - just not the kind to be had with that black Canon box you were holding smile
DrAW!: yes o!
oh my what another outstanding bit of photojournalism Doc, i think the angle has also added to the chaos that is clearly ensuing all around, top stuff Doc.
DrAW!: thanks much tim
Sadly in my line of work I have seen this type of sceen many times. This capture brings home what a state this plannet is in.
DrAW!: yeah sad

what work do you do smile
  • boye
  • United States
  • 4 Aug 2008, 23:02
This picture reminds me of our experience in Mexico 2 weeks ago. I find many comments here overly pessimistic. Health care worldwide has a long way to go, but, has come a long way from just 50 years ago.
DrAW!: maybe on a worldwide scale

but in poor and illiterate countries, i won't say they've made leaps and bounds
wow...now thats photojournalism at its best.
DrAW!: thanks dotun smile
  • Jaycee
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2008, 17:32

Do you take pictures like this frequently? If you do, first I'd love for you to join a group called "Nigerians For Change." If you can post pictures like this from time to time on the group, it would stimulate the minds of young Nigerians...

Link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21284173876&ref=mf
DrAW!: thanks jaycee
i'll look into it

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