In a fit of anger, Femi Johnson*, a patient back in his forties at a hospital in Abuja, blocks the entrance to reception, refusing to let others through to make a point.
“Oga, we can’t help it,” the receptionist said in a defeatist tone. “They told us this morning that we are not accepting Hygeia from today,” she adds.
Mr. Johnson, seemingly out of options, ignores the receptionist’s call.
At this point, a scene familiar to many Nigerians plays out. Other patients beg Johnson to “take heart” and allow others to seek treatment. He ignores them as much as possible until an elderly patient steps in and takes him aside to appeal to his sensitivity.
“Pelé, you know that’s how these people behave…they like to do it anyway,” she told Mr Johnson.
The rest of the conversation was inaudible as they walked to the parking lot to chat. Inside reception, after a few whistles and comments to both the receptionist and Johnson for the disruption caused, things went as usual.
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