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Chinua Onyebuchi Success Story

Published on: 12 September, 2019

Tell us something about your work and yourself.

I am Onyebuchi Chinua, born on the 25th Day of October in the year 1992. It was a bright Sunday morning. Fast forward to 25 years later, in 2017, that helpless bouncing baby boy who lay in the hospital cradle, became a practicing medical doctor, almost under the same hospital.

My story remains an intriguing one. One of happenstance, and serendipity. A blend of low notes, high notes or even no notes at all, but in the end, creating a perfect harmony. This story would be captured in a more elaborate essay, nevertheless.

Currently, I work with the Ministry of Defense Clinics at Garki, Abuja. My place of work and the community where I currently live in is similar. Here, we have access to the basic social amenities Viz: food, shelter and clothing. These are things which cannot be taken for granted. Granted that I live in a third world country, where a staggering percentage of the population do not have access to these amenities, for reasons which are beyond this discourse. This is however thought- provoking and disheartening.

Working with the Defence Clinics has indeed left me with a deep sense of gratitude, love and admiration for the little things that matter: love, a sense of duty and valour. Each day, I come across veterans who have put everything on the line to ensure that the fragile balance of peace and harmony is maintained within the polity.

Given any slightest opportunity, I would want to be a part of something bigger than me. I plan to work closely with the WHO, to ensure that my people get the life they deserve, a better life. In no distant time, the bright future we believe in would manifest, and would forever cease to be a fictional place.

How did you find out about the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN)?

I came across the POLHN via an internet advert.

What course(s)/topic(s) have you studied with POLHN?

HIV/AIDS and TB

What do you like best about studying POLHN free online courses?

Studying with POLHN is mind blowing. It is a dream, being that the free online HIV/AIDS and TB is self-paced, self-explanatory, and easy to access. This is what I enjoy best about studying.

How do others react when you share about free online POLHN courses with them?

The reaction I get from most people is this: 'How can an organisation give people courses to do free of charge'. When ever I get these reactions, I just simile, then I try convincing them that nothing is free. I maintain that things offered for free have an obligation, and that by accepting to do courses with the POLHN, under the aegis of the WHO, they are hence being part of something much more bigger than themselves.

Simply put, the role the WHO has played in making the benefits of scientific research in health care accessible and affordable to the common man - can't be over emphasized. Therefore, whenever I'm called to serve in the WHO in whatever capacity, I pledge to make myself available. I encourage everyone who participates in POLHN’s free on-line courses, to do so too.

What advice do you have for others?

What I have to tell others, especially those interested in public health is this: "Believe in your dreams”. Yes, your dreams are valid. Your dreams count. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't make it, or that you dream too much.

The belief in making the world a better place is not fiction, but reality. Small things count, small things matter, and most times, at the end of the day, these are the things that make the world a better place.

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