Nurse in Democratic Republic of Congo Talks About Malaria

Nurse in Democratic Republic of Congo Talks About Malaria


What is the work that you do? I am a nurse and I am responsible
for this CEUM clinic at Bokonzo. What sickness do you see here most often? The most frequent illness here is malaria.
We also call it paludism. Out of every 10 people who come here to the clinic for care, 8 of them have malaria. How do you diagnose malaria? I will recognize it. People will come
saying that they are feeling very cold,
or they have a bad headache, or their neck hurts, or they are very tired. And if it is a child, you will see that their
body will be very hot and they will throw up.
Sometimes they will have diarrhea. When we see those symptoms, we send
a small blood sample to our lab so that
they can check it for malaria. The lab will confirm whether or not it is malaria. But the first symptom will be a high fever, headaches and chills. You have a lab here at the clinic
to test for malaria? Yes. There is a lab here. If someone is sick with malaria,
what do you do to help them? If someone is sick and they come to us,
we give them medicine. Afterwards,
we will give them advice. We suggest that they try to get a mosquito net.
A mosquito net will help them not to get malaria. Can someone get a mosquito net here in Gemena? [The greater Gemena area has a population of about 300,000 people.] You can find mosquito nets, but there aren’t many available now. When they distributed mosquito nets here, it was only for children,
but adults didn’t get them. And since political [corruption] exists in our country, not every child got one either. For example, if you have 5 children in your house, they gave 2, maybe 3 mosquito nets. Many children didn’t get them.
That’s part of the problem.

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