Malaria at Ejeda Hospital
Three people died in a private hospital in Ejeda. Late treatment is an aggravating factor.
From May 1 to 7, over a dozen cases of malaria were treated at the private Lutheran hospital in Ejeda. These hospital patients were all in serious condition when they arrived at this private SALFA Ejeda hospital center. The number of patients admitted increased this last week.
"Seventeen cases of malaria were reported from May 1 to May 7," said Dr. Justin Manadahatse, chief medical officer at the SALFA Ejeda hospital center. During the past week, many were in serious condition.
“We found that the delay in care resulted in the deaths of three people. They were 16, 17 and 18 years old. The case of malaria is serious with a high fever and aches. Other patients arrived unconscious on the first day, then on the second day the disease got worse and some died, "said the doctor. Of the seventeen hospitalized cases, four were children under the age of 7, according to the chief doctor. "One child was one and a half years old, the other two were 3 and 5 years old, while the last child was 7 years old," said the doctor.
The remoteness of the Health Centers constitutes one of the difficulties of the inhabitants to reach these establishments. Most live at least 10 to 20 km from a health center. One of the deceased lived 44 km from Ejeda. ]
It is particularly during this period of the that malaria constitutes the majority of illnesses for out-patient visits, in addition to respiratory illnesses in children. The lack of adequate protection for people is the first cause of malaria.
"The mosquito nets are not being used properly. Despite the awareness-raising carried out at the local level, the population does not understand the measures to be applied and the use of the mosquito net, "said the chief doctor.
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