There are many problems facing the world today, however I think one of the biggest problems we face is the lack of medical attention in less fortunate third world countries, i.e. Africa– a malnourished nation where two-thirds of the population live below the poverty line, and where medical facilities are limited, even in the capital. State-run hospitals often lack equipment and essential drugs. There is also a severe shortage of trained medical professionals, especially in remote areas. But as in many African countries, malaria presents the highest risk to health. Malaria is the biggest killer of the young. A fifth of deaths among children under five is caused by malaria. Furthermore, the unavailability of clean water results in dehydration and diseases such as cholera, which can be effortlessly treated with the right treatment but unfortunately aren’t, due to a lack in medical professionals and equipment. For example, children who cannot walk don’t have access to crutches or wheelchairs. Besides, if there are medical professionals, e.g. surgeons, they don’t have access to medical equipment; scalpels, syringes, gloves, and antibiotics. Many hospitals also don’t have access to hospital beds, resulting in patients lying on the floor, subsequently, there is a high mortality rate.
In addition, A woman in Niger has a 1 in 16 chances of dying from pregnancy-related causes (i.e. during labour) during her lifetime (compared with 1 in 11,000 chances in Sweden). The only logical explanation for this is the scarcity of medical attention available. Moreover, the same situation is occurring in other third world countries, i.e. India. Nearly five women die every hour in India from complications developed during childbirth, with heavy blood loss caused by haemorrhage being a major. Nearly 45,000 mothers die due to causes related to childbirth every year in India which accounts for 17 percent of such deaths globally, according to the global health body.
Children lye limply on hospital beds, suspended somewhere between the brutality of life and the sick sad humour called democracy, watching the ceiling and wondering if they will be forgotten like the other patients sharing that inhospitable room in a run-down hospital or will they survive and fulfil their dreams. This is the story of every child in all the villages, small towns, and cities across India. Every year and in its 5-year plans, the government announces health benefits and promises to strengthen the healthcare system. And every year hundreds of children and adults end up facing a life full of uncertainty. It seems that the current healthcare system just serves the growing needs of metropolitan cities but even there, it plays a cruel joke by being accessible only to those who can afford it.
In a world with people and leaders that scream ‘human rights’ and ‘equality’ it is hard to come to terms with that these people are being fully disregarded. In 2018 should this be our biggest worry? Would you want to bring your children up into a world as cruel as this?