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

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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

 

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    Lolia

    December 17, 2017 at 10:04 am

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

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      Ovundah

      December 17, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you for your feedback.

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    Ugwu A.

    December 17, 2017 at 11:14 am

    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!
    #girlpower

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      Ovundah

      December 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Thank you so much for your feedback.

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    Okechi

    December 17, 2017 at 11:24 am

    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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      Ovundah

      December 17, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Thank you for your feedback.

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    Emeka

    December 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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

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      Ovundah

      December 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Amen, thanks for your feedback.

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    Essie

    December 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

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

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      Ovundah

      December 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, make that move.

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    Mama Dee

    December 18, 2017 at 6:35 am

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

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      Ovundah

      December 18, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Thank you so much Mama Dee, for your feedback.

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    Barr Chidi Prince Dikeocha

    December 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

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

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      Ovundah

      December 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thank you so much for the feedback.

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    Joe Nnamdi Okpulor

    December 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Nyechelomine. God bless you Dr Alinor

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      Ovundah

      December 18, 2017 at 4:29 pm

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

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    Irene Onwuchekwa

    December 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    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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      Ovundah

      December 18, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much for your feedback.

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    feyisayo

    December 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    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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      Ovundah

      December 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Thanks for your feedback.

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    Chyoms

    December 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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

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      Ovundah

      December 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks for the feedback.

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    Lolia

    December 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

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

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      ovdiasis

      December 21, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Thank you for your feedback.

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    Georgeline

    December 21, 2017 at 5:58 am

    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

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      Ovundah

      December 21, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Amen, thank you for the feedback

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    Georgeline

    December 21, 2017 at 7:05 am

    A VERY BIG CONGRATULATIONS EZII.
    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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      Ovundah

      December 21, 2017 at 6:12 am

      Thank you for the feedback

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    Pamela Afagha

    December 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

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

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      Ovundah

      December 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you for your feedback.

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    Tamie

    December 30, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    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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      Ovundah

      December 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks for your feedback.

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Running your race

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By Ovundah Nyeche.

And let us run, with patience the race that is set before us…

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In a world with so much pressure…

Pressure to be…

Pressure to become…

Pressure to being…

Pressure to arrive…

Pressure to remain…

Pressure to live the life, being portrayed to be the life…

Pressure to show your toys…

Pressure to be among…

Pressure to show you are among the crème de la crème or to hang around those who are…

It is important to “Selah”…

*******

It is important to ask yourself questions…

Why am I doing, what I am doing?

Why am I living my life based on the likes, shares, tweets and retweets?

Why am I basing my happiness on things?

Why am I living my life like a competition?

Why do I feel sad, when my friends have coins, but I have an empty pocket?

Why do I feel happier, when I am relatively doing better than people around me?

Why do I live in debt, just to prove an unnecessary point?

Why does my heart skip a beat, when I see people, I feel I am better than, having that perfect life on social media, when I can’t even figure out where I am?

Why do I sense a feeling of defeat, when I see them snap those gorgeous pictures in their car, while I just got splashed with water, as I tried to navigate my way hopping from taxi to taxi?

Why does chill run down my spine, when I see those beautiful pictures of my friends literally having a white Christmas… When I am white from the harmattan torture, and I am tortured just thinking about my expenses?

Why do I feel sad, when I have lived all my life an unmarried virgin, and the lady that did all kinds of runs and several abortions, is a married woman with several children?

😢 😢 😭

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... And let us run with patience, the race that is set before us…

There is a race set before us…are you still running, or you have allowed life to beat you to submission, as you lay on the track and refuse to get up.

The race was set by our maker, God…

Don’t allow life, friends, family or circumstances to set your race for you… Trust me it will be terrible…

Don’t also set races for yourself…

Unlike what many think, life is not a competition, where you compete on who finishes first… And where you pride yourself with the often used phrase “I got it before my friends… I am the man or the woman”…

Ensure the race you are in, is that which was set by the Lord…

Also, life is not a sprint… Or “sharp sharp” …it is not a dash.

The race is a race of patience…

A little here, a little there…

Keep running…

Stay on track…

Stay on your lane…

Make sure you are running in the race set for you and not on another’s race or track…

Don’t live your life… Doing needless competitions…

The Joy of the Lord is your strength…

Be all God created you to be…

And gauge your progress, not by others, but by the race set before you…by what God would want you to do.

*******

Jesus loves you… Give your life to Him today…

#hearword #OvdSpeaks #hearwordseries

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Fatal Imitation

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By Ovundah Nyeche.

Trends, trendy, trending…

Just go on Twitter or even Facebook, an “influenza” types #BumBum and boom it trends and almost everyone, even those who would not normally shout or tweet about this will just follow…

An “influenza” says “oya” everyone sample this or that and those who would naturally frown at this join in the craze…Many people are moved primarily by what others do…

Many people live to trend, trends.

Little wonder when someone “blows” or “hammers” doing something, it is not strange seeing a lot of people doing likewise.

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Be careful about the kind of groups you join on WhatsApp, Facebook or other social media networking sites…

Be careful about the kind of people you follow online.

Be careful about the kind of sects or philosophies you imbibe online.

Be careful about following people who always shout doom, gloom and disaster and emphasize about the hopelessness of life.

Be careful about drinking from well of those who always shout that life has no meaning and living serves no purpose.

Be careful about following people who pride and relish posting about disaster, violence and vices.

This may look like just talk.

*****

But not too long ago, there was the fire challenge. Everyone who is sane knows fire burns, everyone who is sane knows fire can wreck havoc and yes it can even cause fatal injuries, but no…

The intent of this challenge I will never understand, but some people followed the trend regardless of the consequences and that was it…

Also there have been outrage over a number of other games and challenges, which took lives, after encouraging people to take their lives..

The power of Imitation…

Mind who you follow and listen to…

Your life is so precious…

So so precious…

That Jesus had to become flesh…

That Jesus had to pay the full price…

Just for you…

Jesus Loves you, you are not alone.

#selah #hearword #OvdSpeaks

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You are not alone…

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By Ovundah Nyeche.

Days ago I got a knock on the door of my house, I looked through the peephole, opened the and saw a neighbor panting for air…

“Oga na wetyn na” I inquired… This one you want to break my door?

“Ovd, there is an emergency oh” the breathless neighbor said…

“Which emergency” I asked in response…

Someone had slumped near my neighborhood and he had come to my house so I would help go resuscitate him… Those with unlimited access to ambulances 🚑 may never understand this.

Chai…

I thought they had forgotten I was a doctor…

I went there, to see what was going on… A a crowd had gathered around the man, with everyone suggesting all manner of things…

From the absurd to the ridiculous…

The man who needed my attention was now seating down on the floor, and on careful examination he had an empty Ventolin inhaler by his side…

And a little conversation showed the man had not eaten the day before…

A bucket of water had already been recruited by one of the rescuers and someone in the crowd was about to empty the whole content of the bucket on the bewildered man…

“Shebi” we were told when you pour water on someone who fainted the person would immediately be revived.

I told the overzealous bucket holder to calm down…This was not a comedy skit…

Long story short…

Water was not poured on the innocent man…

Pouring water on someone that fainted out of “hunger”will not address the hunger issue or even the fainting.

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Taking your life will not address the problem.

Taking your life will not erase the problem.

Taking your life will cause more problems than answers.

Taking your life cannot be rationalized by any reason at all.

It is not even your life in the first place.

Why snuff out what you cannot create?

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Truly speaking…

Time changes perspective…

Time changes narratives…

Every situation is subject to change…

Never make a permanent decision out of a temporary problem!

*******

Speak out if you have any issue or issues…

Open up…

You will discover first hand, that there is nothing happening to you now, that cannot be surmounted, or has not been passed though by someone else.

Seek help…

Talk to someone…

Seek help from professionals..

You are not alone…

When there is life, there is hope…

When there is Jesus, there is hope for today and tomorrow…

Because Jesus lives, you can face tomorrow…

Because He lives all fear is gone…

He holds your future and life is worth living, because Jesus lives…

You are not alone…

Commit everything in His hands…

It won’t end the way you think…

Keep hope alive…

Don’t do it… Live again…

#hearword #OvdSpeaks #hearwordseries

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