S:    Oh it was horrible Ameen. There were people lying in the hallways, there were long messy queues, the doctor was in a hurry, parking was painful, there was pan spit on the walls… I even saw two people lying on one bed…

A:    That’s all normal Sadiq, but are you well?

S:    I think I am, except I may need some psychological therapy to get over the experience of a public hospital. It really was ridiculous. I had to wait for ages to be seen, and they were out of all the medicines and asked me to go get them and come back. COME BACK? I’d rather stay in pain, thank you very much.

A:    You’re being really harsh, just because they didn’t have pretty white tiled walls and doctors who speak English; you think that the whole facility is rubbish. Look at the sheer number of sick people these doctors have to deal with, that hospitals function at all is a miracle.

S:    With hospitals like these, it’s a miracle anyone gets better at all. I swear thought I would catch something contagious from just standing that corridor.

A:    Elitist people like you are the trouble. Nothing is every good enough for you. I have been to these hospitals, they are fine. The doctors are kind and they work with very limited resources. Do you know that a lot of the medicines are supposed to be free, but the government hardly ever releases the funds for them to be procured? The health sector is in tatters thanks to the inefficient bureaucracy. Doctors aren’t even consulted when there is a change in health policy. When the Ebola scare happened, the government made an Ebola centre in hospitals, while the doctors were all aghast, because Ebola patients need to be isolated far way from the hospital. A contagious patient in a local crowded hospital would create a national epidemic.

S:    That’s the thing Ameen, there needs to be better healthcare. While we’re off buying guns from America and Russia, we should be buying meds.

A:    That okay… but I’d rather die from a disease than be shot by a Taliban.