It’s amazing how many complains you would hear from the health care system and the service being given in hospitals in Ethiopia. Of course there is no question to how many people they/we are helping and saving lives but there is still so much more to be improved. One of those things is treating a patient as a human being and considering psychological health too. It’s like no patient has any right to know what his/her disease condition is, what the doctor’s/nurse’s plans are and possible expectations. Nobody is willing to explain about your disease and possible out comes at all sometimes. I believe all patients have the right to know. I can tell you so many stories like this from my experiences.
My relative was admitted in a hospital for Septicemia and the doctor ordered investigations and started certain treatments IV(Intravenous). His wife asked the doctor ” so what is wrong with my husband? Did you find something? What is the treatment for? What should we do? What shall we expect? ” and a whole lot of questions. One time his mum, another time his daughter goes to the doctor to ask wanting to know. And the only reply they got was ” he is fine he just have infection we will just check his urine and blood.” And after the test results came he kept on telling his wife that he just has infection and it continued for a week with her wanting to know eagerly what kind of infection it was and wanting to know what possible things to expect and to do to help. So in the end no body knew for what kind of infection they were treating him till the last day of his death.
Amazingly most places, they do invasive procedures and tests like lumbar puncture, repairing intestinal perforation with out even informing any one in the family or the patient him/her self. In addition to this they don’t explain what they are going to do , advantages and disadvantages of the treatment they are giving, aim of the procedures, etc. It makes me sick knowing all these things being a health professional and not doing anything so far in preventing/stopping this other than trying to talk to those specific professionals on the spot. In most hospitals being a patient lying in bed sick and worried if you would make it or not nobody tells you about your situation. No one tells you as a patient why they are giving you a medicine and and what are the possible out comes and all.
There are so many days that i hear people saying ”i hope nobody gets sick here in Ethiopia since the health care system is horrible in many aspects”. I say, at least let’s do what we could do with all our capacity in being a good health care provider than being ignorant on some essential things to our patients who is trusting us. Let’s give psychological comfort to the patient in involving them in their treatment too. After all the definition of health includes a complete physical, mental, and social well- being too right?