COMMENTARY: Nigeria: Playing Poker with Public Health

Oyewale Tomori

Abstract

For a proper understanding of the discussion on the topic, Nigeria – playing poker with public health, it is essential to define the words poker, public and health or rather public health. I assume there is no need to define public and Nigeria, although not defining Nigeria may be debatable. According to Williams, (2016), the experts in the game of poker depend on three combined characteristics of gambling, strategy, and luck.  It is a card game of bets, bluff, and skill. A poor poker player focuses on one or two of the characteristics gambling, and luck, forgetting strategy. A poor poker player bets and bluffs without skill. This write up describes Nigeria’s approach to public health as more of bluff and gamble than skill, a very good example of a very poor poker player. Nigeria depends on gambling and luck, underutilizing her skills in disdaining and despising strategy. Nigeria is full of untested, unverified and unimplemented strategies, but she is too impatient to see through the full course of strategy implementation.

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Nigeria, Public Health

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