MY SAY : Act On It Not Talk It To Death

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  • FRIGHTENING TO IMAGINE The frightening sight of a wooden bus on its side, the inside seats openly exposed after a crash shattered the canopy and threw people out on the road
    FRIGHTENING TO IMAGINE The frightening sight of a wooden bus on its side, the inside seats openly exposed after a crash shattered the canopy and threw people out on the road

The nurses apology over the death of the two babies from vaccination injections last year is of course warranted. 

At the same time too the two nurses admission of guilt on manslaughter charges help to give it a sense of closure.

 Denials at the outset left the cause of the tragic deaths hanging uncertain of who or what to blame.

The aggrieved toddlers families have monitored court proceedings since day one.

Where they go from here is the final door that may still have to be closed to bring the matter to a conclusive end.

The double tragedy has left more than the heart breaking scars yet to heal fully for the families.

The guilty nurses will carry the regret of the tragedy for the rest of their lives. No legal punishment can wipe that away completely.

Nursing as a profession is deeply marked as well.  Collectively they will have to share the disgrace of the nurses responsible and try to move on.

The name itself explains the single-minded objectives of the profession to nurse, as in a dedication to help restore health back to the sick.

Failure to uphold the moral obligations of their profession will always linger as a black day in their proud and gallant determination to serve.

Lessons are learnt and remedies put in place already to try and prevent against future slip-ups.  Our prayers are always for the safety measures to prevail.

Human error will always lurk in the shadows ready to corrupt the noble intentions when we become complacent.

The vaccination of children has to move on.  Medical knowledge and results have established that the service is a must for the health of our loved ones.

We have the responsibility as parents to protect them from the risks of diseases at a vulnerable stage as toddlers and young children.

Our parental duties move on to a different phase with their education as they grow to become teenagers and young adults.

Safety also remains our primary responsibility unfortunately fate is beyond our control despite our devoted efforts.

The Auala bus crash that injured so many students of the Itu-Asau College on Monday morning is the best example.

Going or coming from school is part of the normal routine for any family, the dread of the children’s safety is always there but muted by regularity.

The daily monotony of rushing off to catch or return on the bus from school is taken for granted.

Confirmed hospital reports that 51 people were brought in from the accident is not only shocking but a deliberate act of unlawful disregard for safety.

The legally allowed number of passengers on the bus is 33 plus one extra. When the bus crashed it was overloaded by close to 20 people.

Four of the victims were workers and the rest students who were on their way to sit the last of their final term exams.

Fate dealt its blow but the angels were on the alert to keep human damage to a minimum.

There were no serious, debilitating injury to prolong the agony and the memory of the life threatening accident.

Wooden buses are as common as overloading in Samoa. This is not the first accident either where the wooden canopy has shattered and splintered to add to the injury.

The Auala crash is also spared the mournful outcome of other wooden bus crashes in the past.

Overloading and speeding are a lethal combination in the tragic history of these accidents and not just in one selected area of the road but everywhere.

The overwhelming talk of safety have always followed every time a wooden bus breaks up on the road, throwing bodies everywhere.

The Auala crash is going to spark another round of safety talk. So far it is all we have been doing…talk.

Parents knew their children were being sardined into the buses for school, yet they have learned to accept it even with the dangers.  But are they to be blamed for wanting to see their children get an education and whatever cost?

What about these teenage students who are educated in school about the rights and wrongs in life?

How about the bus driver who is sometimes forced or intimidated by the weight of the demand to drive off regardless of the safety risks?

Overloading has obviously been ongoing for sometime along the route for village students attending the Itu-Asau College. 

When the bus finally crashed it was an accident that was waiting to happen.

Once we have done with the Auala crash talk, what next?  How long will it take before we are back to overloading?

Are we going to save up until another wooden bus crash to do the talk again?

Talk when it is productive is worthy.

What we do not want is to talk the lives of people on overloaded, speeding, unsafe wooden buses to death –that’s criminal.