Saturday, September 20, 2008

Snippets from the hospital hallways

“A few days ago, a young girl under the age of 18 year old lost massive amount of blood during an illicit rendezvous with a man in his twenties. She was brought into the hospital very pale and still bleeding. The gynaecology team was called in for repair works while police officers waited to take statements from the doctors and the persons involved.”

“A few weeks ago, a very young boy under the age of 15 year-old trembled as he described how he was sodomized by a man within some bushes, in the broad daylight. The perpetrator was not wearing any form of protection and his virus status was unknown.”

“A few months ago, a dead baby wrapped in a sarong was brought into the mortuary for post-mortem. There were strangle marks on its’ neck as a long umbilical cord was still attached to it.”

These are just some of the real-life crimes happening in a small town. Some down-to-earth, kisah benar that will never make it into mainstream papers as it occurred to normal people in a small town. Some people may feel nauseated by these descriptions while others hungrily read on for more gory tales. Most will feel quiet indignation and anger at the depths of wickedness and cruelty that can occur in a peace-loving, gentle society.

To health-care professionals, we have no right to judge when people come to seek our help. Our creed and professional code of conduct compels us to treat whoever that comes knocking for help. Although our hearts may cry out at the injustice and malignant wrongdoings, we can only administer whatever the best medicine could offer. We couldn’t take justice into our own hands or assume that someone is guilty until proven otherwise. We soothe the broken-hearted, cheer up the depressed, calm the anger and alleviate the pain. That’s all we could do in our workplace.

However, with the advent of technology, a lot of things can be changed. Prevention is more important than cure. We must always rise up the alarms whenever there are suspected criminals or dangers in our midst. Civic-consciousness is missing in our society sometimes. Children must be taught to beware of certain warning signs, especially in strangers as they are frequently the victims of these sensational crimes. So I penned these paragraphs as a reminder that security is always an important issue and knowledge is power. Ignorance is no longer bliss.

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