A Reader’s Impression of The Mechanics of Yenagoa by Michael Afenfia (2020)

Reading this novel as I did over the better part of two days during the Eid break felt like binging on accumulated episodes of a TV series like Grey’s Anatomy, House, or Bones. The episodic nature was unmistakable, a carryover of the way the novel was birthed. It started life as a weekly blog. The … Continue reading A Reader’s Impression of The Mechanics of Yenagoa by Michael Afenfia (2020)

An outbreak of terminological inexactitude

The ongoing pandemic of a respiratory infectious disease known as COVID-19 which started in December 2019 has occasioned an explosion of information and an outburst of myths. This has been described as an infodemic. More interesting to me as an epidemiologist and teacher are the medical and epidemiologic terms that it has introduced into common … Continue reading An outbreak of terminological inexactitude

From compassion and charity to health economics

We learnt more than clinical medicine at the bedside. We also learnt that poverty and ignorance could make people deadly sick. We learnt that illness could also further slide already poor people into deeper poverty. We learnt that a lot of people were suffering from acute and chronic diseases but could not help themselves. We … Continue reading From compassion and charity to health economics