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Shehu Badamasi

A tale of two health systems

Citizen Adebayo Akinwunmi, 41, a Nigerian, was shot by armed robbers in his house, in Ogun State, near Lagos. He specifically requested his elder brother, Babatunde Akunwunmi, to take him to Reddington Hospital, where his company had a retainership. He probably took that decision to get prompt medical attention.

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Birthday musings

We have a saying in my place: “When will I get there? Before you know it, you are there.” Yesterday was my birthday and that marked another year into my 50th decade on earth. In the 70s, when my father started his 50th decade journey on earth, it looked like such an old age in my eyes.

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Blood sugar, abere to the rescue?

Segun (surname withheld) is an ardent follower of this column. Touched by the article of January 13 titled: “What will kill you is before you,” he decided to share his recent health challenges: It is as if you had me in mind when you were writing your column. Since age 32, I have been on blood pressure medication, so I do not need any reminders to be conscious of my BP. But my family has no issues with diabetes, so blood sugar level is something I never paid attention to, at least not until recently. 

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“Brutal”mentorship

There are two beings we must never tell lies to. The first is God, because He is all-seeing and all-knowing, so telling him lies is an exercise in futility. The second being is you. Even if you habitually lie to your spouse, family, friends and all others, be real to yourself, be brutally frank. Even if you live a lie, still be real to yourself. Unfortunately, many people lie, willy-nilly, to themselves, and that is a tragedy of monumental proportion.

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