test and treat policy

Posted June 24, 2018 from Uganda

test  and treat policy has helped a lot of parents in my community especially malaria treatment.a child who was always sick was saved from further complications/ death.the mother reported the child of having malaria symptoms all the time and continuously giving anti malarial drugs got from the pharmacy without testing.i insisted one day that we must test before treatment which she accepted.upon screening we found out the child was having sickle cells not malaria.linked them up to the pediatrician for further management.the child and mother are both healthy and happy now.am happy too for my services

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Jun 24, 2018
Jun 24, 2018

Oh beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your story. This is the usual story here too.
One day, I took my daughter who was sick to the general hospital in Lagos.
The lady doctor did not ask any questions nor examine the child. She just wrote prescription drugs for me, handed it over to me and told me to come back next week if symptoms persists.

Ahhhhhh I checked all she wrote, malaria drugs. I opened my mouth to inform her that I have given her these drugs for five days without any changes..... She showed me the door and screamed Next patient!!!!

I quickly and quietly walked into a private hospital where tests were done to discover that she had typhoid.

Many of our hospitals are death beds. I pray for change in that establishment.

Thanks for insisting on testing before treatment. It's the best. Doctors should stop writing stupid prescription before testing, especially blood tests.

Jill Langhus
Jun 25, 2018
Jun 25, 2018

Hi Yvone. Thanks for sharing your story. I couldn't agree more. This is really prevalent in the U.S., too, writing prescriptions without testing. I was given antibiotics for an urinary tract infection once, and I didn't even have it. It's not a good situation, well not for the patients/clients anyway. I'm glad you are intervening, and getting people to question more, to look after their own health more, and to make decisions about their health on their own rather than letting other people decide for them.

Dec 15, 2018
Dec 15, 2018

OMG! I don't know lack of knowledge or negligence?