Hornbill Unleashed

October 7, 2014

Hitting the home run with sarcasm

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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V Shuman

Most Malaysians have extremely high expectations on medical institutions to provide services to us in times of need.

That being said, how many of us actually make room for such services to be administered effectively?

For example, what do you do when you have early symptoms of an illness? Do you drive yourself/ask a relative to take you to a hospital or call for an ambulance?

If you would rather an ambulance come and attend to your “non-life threatening illness”, you will definitely feel the heat after reading this story.

Frustrated by the behaviour of some towards their job, the Sungai Petani hospital’s emergency and trauma department posted a Facebook status earlier last month, dripping with sarcasm.

The Sept 17 post, which was supposedly penned by a medical officer attached to another place, has garnered more than 1,200 likes and 800 plus shares after it was posted by the department.

Written in casual Malay, it starts off with saying “Ambulance will not appear in front of your house the very next moment after your call as the vehicles are not equipped with turbo buttons, cannot jump over dividers nor fly to your location.

“Please give your exact location when making an emergency call and wait at the given place as we don’t have telepathic or psychic abilities to guess who’s calling and from where. Avoid saying things like the house near the eight electrical pole. We are medical staff, not TNB workers,” said the post.

The post went on with more humorous quips.

“We don’t have power to change what God has decreed. We are not Son Goku, Bezita, Kurosaki Ichigo or Abarai Renji (Japanese manga characters with supernatural powers), to enter and exit the after-life as we wish.”

The post have also received close to 200 comments, most of which commended the writer. Some of the commentators seem to be medical personnel who agreed with the writer’s grievances.

“The ambulance service is not to attend to those who have had fever for three days or those down with itches or scabies. Do you know how irritating it is, when you reach a house on call, and see 10 cars parked outside with dozens of relatives around? Is it so difficult for one person to drive the sick person to a hospital?” asked the administrator of the post.

“There is no need for concerned relatives to order us around when we are attending to the sick person. We know what we are doing and we are like you too – with two hands and two legs and don’t have the ability of Konoha Jutsu (another Japanese anime character) who can do many things at the same time.

“Don’t think we have an ambulance on standby for every person. That would mean we have to prepare 27 million ambulances. Please don’t think that a medical team is provided to attend to your family only,” said the post.

The sarcasm doesn’t end there. The last point drove the final nail into the coffin.

“Dead bodies are not to be transported in ambulances. We try to ferry sick people to the hospital. We don’t provide imams to handle funeral rites, like reading the talkin.”

The post concludes by saying “For the sake of sharing, for those who are not aware.”

Pheww, the person who wrote this post deserves an award for “sarcasm of the highest order.”

All the points put up makes sense, at least to the writer.

Some of us can really get too demanding when it concerns the health of a loved one – to the extent that we forget medical personnel are humans too and there is only that much they can do.

If you are guilty of committing any of the mistakes pointed out by qualified personnel above, wise up and try to work on correcting them.

Most of what these medical personnel are asking for, are very do-able things, and it would not be too much for us to take them to heart and practice if you find a loved one needing medical help the next time.

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