Medical Malpractice: Dr. Malaria
Thanks for the effort to inform the public about malpractice of doctors in the Phils. What happened to me seems trivial as compared to what was done or not done to others.
I went to the medicare center in our town here in Palawan because of high fever and intolerable headache. The doctor on duty asked me questions:
"Dr: Anong nararamdaman mo?
Me: Mataas po ang lagnat ko, tsaka masakit po ang ulo ko.
Dr.: Masakit ba ang sikmura mo?
Me: Hindi po.
Dr.: Mapula ba ang ihi mo?
Dr: Nahihilo ka ba?
Dr.: Ay, malarya yan!"
He then called the nurse who gave him a pen and a sheet of paper. He proceeded to write a "shopping list" of meds, etc. Then he left, leaving the paper to the nurse. I asked the nurse to show me the paper. There was no name of the patient (me), no date, no signature of the doctor. Only names of medicines. No other info like number or pieces of each. The nurse then told my "bantay, neng sunod ka na kay doc, baka magsara na ang botika nila!" I said, "paano ang bayad?" Nurse: "saka na lang po." When my "bantay" returned, she has a bag of what she got from the botika. It was pretty obvious that the doctor's wife in the botika knew the pack to prepare. All for malaria.
So that first night, I was given anti-malarial drugs like 'fancedar' and 'chloroquine'. Same until the 2nd day. Later in the afternoon, I complained because my condition did not improve a bit. Take note, there was no blood smear or urine test at least. I asked the nurse why so. The lab tech was on leave. I showed signs of irritation to the nurse. That was only the time when someone took my blood and urine samples.
No one told me the results until I asked the nurse again.
Me: "Anong result ng test? may malaria ba ako?"
Nurse: Negative "po".
Me: "O, e bakit pinapainum nyo ako ng para sa malaria?
Nurse: "Yon po kasi order ni doc."
I told her that I want to change my doctor... and I did after much "kulitan".
The new doctor confirmed my suspicion. "Wala akong malaria. UTI ang meron." He gave me antibiotics and in less than 4 hours, I was relieved of fever. Imagine, for 2 days they administered 'chloroquine' to me? All the while I have UTI "pala..."
Not only this. There was this patient in the same hospital who has fever when she arrived. "May lagnat ka? Malarya yan. Yon pala, ang dalagita, nadulas dahil maputik ang daan sa kanila." Two more cases were judged with malaria.
This doctor is known here pala as DR MALARIA. "Kasi laging malaria ang sakit na nakikita sa patients nya. At sa store lang nila bibili ng gamot ha! "
thanks for your time.. .
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