Et fixerum og et fantastisk hospital
Af Phillip Mwanza, Zambia
I feel amazed, inspired and also seriously challenged as a Zambian youth leader after visiting the fixerum in ODENSE. It is a place where many people who are drug addicts or have related health issues visit for help, and the church (Kirkens Korshaer, red.) give support in cooperation with the local municipality. They have managed to create a conducive environment for all citizens by providing counselling, advice, meals and accommodation.
Day five of Super17 didn’t end there as we proceeded to Odense University Hospital, an institution which shocked all members of the team with its good infrastructure and modern technology. The managing director, Kim Brixen, gave us a talk on the Danish health system and its policy of free quality health for all. One thing which really amazed me and the other team Super17 members was the life expectancy for Denmark which is 79, while in my home country of Zambia life expectancy is as low as 56 for men and 59 for women, and the share of GDP used towards health services is very low compared to the Danish society - 9.5 to our 7.3. Also, Danish society is still very open minded and has a lot of room for improvement, even when - in my view - they almost have a perfect health system with all the machines and infrastructure needed. We learned that Odense University Hospital has a capacity of 1,200 bed spaces, 92,000 yearly admissions, 1,100,000 out-care patients, 80 professors, 110 associate professors, 260 PhD students, 1,400 doctors, 3,200 nurses and 250 administrative personnel people.
The poor and bad health policy my countrymen has faced for so many years is due to the bad tax policy of the government. In my view, our leaders have failed, or compromised over tax. Tax pays for good quality health, and in my case I strongly feel it is high time my government make a strong stand on tax policy, which could help build good health infrastructure and drugs in order to work towards the coming new UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically goal number three, which is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for everyone at all ages, which is especially important as a nation with serious health challenges such as HIV/AIDS, maternal mortality, and unplanned teen pregnancy.