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Ailing trust: Driven to doubt

Those of us who have bought a car or are planning to buy one in Ethiopia know the distinction between purchasing a “yeletefe” and a “yaletefe” car. The former refers to a vehicle already bearing an Ethiopian plate, while the latter pertains to a car that has yet to be assigned such a plate. The primary difference lies in the fact that a car with an Ethiopian plate has already been used or driven in Ethiopia, whereas a car without one is considered new within the Ethiopian context. These cars have not been previously driven in Ethiopia, making them technically “new” in the country.

Cars with Ethiopian plates are priced lower than their non-new counterparts, technically speaking, and there is a reason for this. In my opinion, the main reason is that cars driven in Ethiopia tend to be less mechanically sound than those without an Ethiopian plate. Cars that have already been used in Ethiopia have likely experienced various technical malfunctions and breakdowns. They have traversed roads with extremely poor conditions, riddled with big and small potholes.

It is a well-known fact that cars driven in this country have endured significant wear and tear. Therefore, if you come across a used car that appears shiny and bright on the outside, it is wise not to trust its condition completely. You cannot be certain which parts have previously suffered malfunctions or breakdowns, and whether those issues have been adequately resolved. Furthermore, the worst part is that these cars might have been repaired in garages that could potentially exacerbate the existing malfunctions.

I do not wish to make a sweeping generalization, but personally, I lack trust in garages within this country. Whenever my car malfunctions or breaks down, the mere thought of having it inspected at a local garage frightens me. The main reason for this fear is that I feel these garages may tamper with the parts and cause damage that was not originally present.

I experience a similar apprehension towards our healthcare system and facilities in this country. I do not intend to generalize or disrespect the hardworking doctors, nurses, and health officers who tirelessly strive to save lives. However, it feels reminiscent of local garages. You visit these garages to have a broken part fixed, but more often than not, you end up with another damaged part, even though the initial malfunction may have been temporarily resolved.

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Moreover, in my experience, permanently fixing a malfunction is a rarity.

When it comes to our healthcare facilities, I fear contracting a disease or illness that I did not originally have due to medical errors, negligence, or reluctance on the part of healthcare professionals. It is not uncommon to hear stories of individuals seeking treatment in healthcare facilities only to return home with a new ailment that was not initially present. I harbor a deep fear of medical malpractice to the extent that I wait until an illness becomes unbearable and unmanageable at home before deciding to visit a healthcare facility.

This fear accompanies me each time I, or a family member, seek treatment at a clinic or hospital.

Regrettably, it seems that we have reached a point where the primary focus of many healthcare facilities, especially private ones, is solely monetary gain. It feels increasingly common to acquire a new illness while seeking treatment for another.

Numerous private healthcare facilities appear unconcerned about charging exorbitant fees for treatments that they know will not provide a cure. It appears that it no longer matters how much money we have to spend on treatment in this country, as most of us end up squandering our funds without receiving any semblance of a cure in return!

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