If self-medication in itself is dangerous, then its combination with quackery can only be fatal. It is not for nothing that the developed world places a premium on the welfare and emoluments of health care professionals, who are required to pay unalloyed attention to their jobs for effectiveness and efficiency.
Timothy (Tobe Oboli), a boy from a poor background, resists his dad’s (Yaw, the Comedian’s) attempt to frequently administer injections on him and his siblings. He runs away on a particular night and returns very late that night to witness an unfortunate incident.
Yet another short film from the Afrinolly Cinema for Change Series, Timothy shows how people lose their lives owing to grinding poverty, which denies them access to basic services. The enlightenment campaign in the film also ought to recognize that free medical treatment and access to items like the insecticide-treated mosquito nets are stalled by pilfering and other corrupt practices. So, doing the campaign as if the blame squarely rests with the masses is lopsided.
Moreover, the incessant strikes by health care workers also hinder access to free and affordable health care since people fall ill all the time and the hospitals may be closed when those who really need the free medication present themselves for treatment.
Needless to say, it has become important now more than ever to fix Nigeria’s health system and end the unbridled but avoidable loss of human lives. Ejiro Onobrakpor’s Timothy makes this point loud and clear.