The Tragic Death of Jemima Patrick Mamza.
A Facebook user has shared a tragic event that claimed the life of a promising young Lady Jemima Patrick Mamza.
The Facebook user identified as Adeleke Qowam who narrated the sad ordeal, said Jemima’s life would have been saved if only doctors had responded promptly without asking for a police report and unnecessary questions.
Jemima had just completed her NYSC a week ago when the incident occurred and she was involved in a major accident. What made it more heartbreaking was the fact that instead of helping her get to the hospital, people who witnessed the accident were busy recording videos and taking pictures.
Read the sad story below:
“It was a fateful Friday morning on June 30th at approximately 7:30 am in Nigeria. As I embarked on my usual commute to my office at IHVNigeria, tragedy unfolded before my eyes due to a brake failure. I was driving at a moderate speed, around 25-30 miles per hour, when I witnessed a devastating accident.”
Jemima car veered off the road, plunging into a ditch near the famous SARS junction in Asokoro, Abuja. The impact left her severely injured, bleeding profusely, and gasping for life. Shockingly, instead of rushing to her aid, some of her fellow compatriots decided to capture the scene on their mobile phones, snapping pictures and recording videos.
Moved to tears, I immediately sprang into action, determined to save Jamima. Despite the pool of blood surrounding her, I carefully lifted her from the ground and carried her towards my vehicle. Garki Hospital, being the closest medical facility, became my destination of choice.
As I raced against time, I encountered a distressing lack of empathy from other motorists. Even with my hazard lights flashing and my constant honking to request swift passage, many seemed indifferent, hurling insults and casting judgment, some even suggesting that I was under the influence of drugs.
Upon reaching the hospital, I was confronted by a security guard who failed to comprehend the urgency of the situation. Ignoring his attempts to issue an entry pass, I disregarded the bureaucratic obstacle and made my way directly to the accident and emergency unit.
The ordeal took a turn for the worse when I finally met with a skeptical doctor. Instead of promptly attending to the accident victim, the doctor demanded a police report and posed questions I could scarcely recall. It was as if I had walked into a scene from a Hollywood movie, questioning how an injured patient like Jamima could be subjected to such scrutiny upon arrival.
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In the face of this tragedy, we must ponder the responsibility of those citizens who callously prioritize capturing photographs over extending a helping hand. Perhaps it is time to propose a bill in the federal House of Representatives or Senate that safeguards and supports individuals who choose to aid accident victims.
Furthermore, we should consider enacting legislation that empowers only ambulances to use sirens, penalizing those who misuse them. By strictly enforcing this law, we can redirect society’s attention to the significance of double hazard lights and constant honking.
In addition, we ought to advocate for a motion that protects doctors attending to accident victims, regardless of whether a police report is available or the identity of the patient. Such a measure would ensure that medical professionals can focus on saving lives without unnecessary hindrances.
Numerous questions continue to haunt my mind as I pen down these words, burdened by the trauma I have endured. Jamima’s survival might have been possible if our state apparatus functioned optimally in creating a well-organized society.
Some memories and scenes hold deep meanings that cannot be forgotten. The fact that I had recently become a father made me more aware of the pain the lady’s family must be facing.
Later that evening, after the close of business, I and my wife drove to Jamima’s family residence in the Apo legislative quarter of Abuja. There, amidst a somber gathering, I met Jamima’s grieving family. Her mother, devastated by the loss, wept uncontrollably. Jamima had recently completed her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) just a week earlier, brimming with life. The esteemed former governor of Adamawa State, Sir James Ngilari, and his wife, part of the mourning family, gladly received our condolences and support.
Patriotism and consideration for the lives of others should be a way of life for every Nigerian.”
Credits: Adeleke Qowam
Jemima Patrick Mamza.
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