put your head in order

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Hello everyone
In an interview with a Russian politician (Andrei Kozyrev), when reporter asks him about his policy he replies: "you have a headache. I'll give you medicine only after you put your head in order. That will be a totally wrong approach."
Reading two first sentences, I thought he simply means, some help is coming, but the last sentence changed the situation as if there is sort of irony or contradiction between those two foregoing sentences. My question is: What did he mean by all these three sentences?
Thanks and Best wishes
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I think the idea is "if someone has a headache and I say that I will only give him or her assistance after he or she is already feeling better, that would be a wrong approach to the practice of medicine."
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