The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation

By Ovundah Nyeche.

Some people are giants by nature of their stature, while others are by the size of their hearts and deeds. Decades ago when the Scots-American Clergyman Peter Marshall penned that “The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation” he may have been talking about Dr. Alinnor Ezioma a Senior Registrar in the department of Paediatrics, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State.

Perhaps her passion for taking care of sick children and for helping out adolescents who are usually at a crossroads during this phase of their lives when they are easily misunderstood by people around them drove her into the field of Paediatrics.

Hospital admissions are usually scary for children and there are growing evidence that environmental modification has a great impact in patient experience and health outcomes. While these are written in papers, many government paediatrics hospitals in this regards beg for attention.

And like is said in local parlance “government work, no be your papa work”, and usually it is hoped that the hospital, department or well-meaning individuals can do something about this.

Dr. Alinnor like everyone knew the Children Medical wards and the Special care baby unit which houses preterms and neonates needed refurbishment, and when no help was forthcoming she decided to take the bold step to make her work space look pleasant enough to encourage health staff in their already stressful job as well as the innocent children who had come in for treatment through no fault of theirs and deserved a warm and friendly environment in which to recuperate.

By the time she sat down to calculate how much it would cost to make her dream a reality, the enormity of the task almost weighed her down. Who would she call? She summoned courage to call on family and friends who were always willing to assist her indigent patients who could not pay their hospital bills. And surprisingly, they all willingly started sending in donations in cash and in kind and this spurred her on.


By the time her dreams came true, the wards were painted with warm, bright and attractive colours. Wall papers were put in place to decorate the area carved out as a sitting/play area for children with tables, chairs, television sets and teddy bears. Bed screens were also bought for the wards

Plumbing work was done with repairs and replacement of wash hand basins, taps, broken tiles and installation of a 100 Litre water heater. The mosquito nets on all the windows in the children wards were also replaced.


The Special care baby unit also smiled as curtains and bed linens were bought and put in place.  New scrubs were made for the doctors and nurses.

In the words of Dr Alinnor “If we all can make our little spaces more habitable instead of waiting for the government, maybe this world will be a happier place.” Dr Alinnor is also the wife of a loving and caring husband, mother and a seasoned baker.





Take a bow Dr Alinnor, you are the #HearWord woman of the year. This is truly worthy of commendation and emulation, God bless you.

This is also to say a big thank you for everyone that made this happen.

Keep doing good. #Letsdomore



This is inspirational. Thank you Dr. Alinor and thank you OVD for sharing.

Thank you for your feedback.

Thank you,OVD, for sharing this story.
I am truly inspired.
Dr. Alinnor, my respect for you has taken a rocket dive to the sky!

Thank you so much for your feedback.

No dream is too big and no dreamer too small.

We can all become the change we want to see in the world.

Congratulations Dr Alinnor

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Dr Ezioma, my good friend and sister. Congratulation. God bless you immensely for that good work of yours.

Amen, thanks for your feedback.

I too have a dream, seems quite daunting but maybe I too, can touch lives in this way.
God bless you Dr Alinor.

Thanks for the feedback, make that move.

Dr Allinor is a rare gem and an asset. God will bless and continually uplift her. Ovd thanks for publicizing a good job.

Thank you so much Mama Dee, for your feedback.

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Thank u so much, that was awesome& God bless you richly Dr. Alinor &all that made it happen…#Moregrace2u

Thank you so much for the feedback.

Thanks for sharing this Nyechelomine. God bless you Dr Alinor

Thank you so much, my friend and brother. Thanks for your feedback.

Well done my fav chief Alinnor. You’re too much. May God continue to bless you and enlarge your coast. May He give you even more amazing ideas and the wherewithal to bring it to perfection.

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Congratulations chief,you have risen above limitations that stopped men and overcome obstacles that cut men to size. You have done what God asked you to do,you will surely enjoy His rewards. I’m am happy to know you. Thank you OVD for this great work you have done,beautiful write up.

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Respect Dr Allinor , you are a black girl that truly rocks. ??❤️

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This is inspirational. Thank you Dr. Alinor and thank you OVD for sharing.

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Hmmmm! Thumps up and well done girlfriend!
God bless Dr. Allinor Ezioma (Ezii) as I fondly call her.
My roommate, my sister from another mother, a friend I have known for more than 15years. I can go on and on….
I recognize that passion in Ezii back then in the University.
I remember how she bakes cake for students over night for measly amount, with so much passion and dedication. She puts her mind to whatever she wants to do ‘cos she believes that anything that is worth doing is worth doing well.
So, I’m not surprised at her passion in refurbishing the pediatrics department of UPTH. She’s so dedicated to her profession and her show of love to children is immeasurable, she’s quick to response when called upon at anytime of the day/night especially if it’s urgent.
Talking of her as a seasoned baker…. Dr. Allinor baked my elder sister’s wedding cake 10years ago and mine as well.
God bless Ovundah Nyeche for sharing this inspirational story. I hope this teaches us a thing or two, bearing in mind that everyone can make a difference no matter how little.
For all those that contributed in cash, kind or moral support, God bless you all abundantly and replenish your source of income a trillion folds -AMEN

Amen, thank you for the feedback

I’m so happy and proud of you for achieving this feat.
God bless you and your family and grant you your heart desires – Amen!
You are truly an angel!!!!

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Amazing, God bless you richly ma and everyone that contributed.

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Truly inspiring.
I had no idea it was one person’s passion that fueled this beautiful change in the department. Well done Dr Alinor.

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