Ugandan Health Care
Its one thing to tour medical facilities in a country like Uganda and a totally different thing to have to use them. After almost a week of being on and off sick, we took Devin to a clinic this morning. The International Clinic to be precise. The one designated for expats and Ugandans who have an employee medical insurance plan that will pay for the services.The clinic also has a lab facility and a pharmacy. One stop shopping for those who can afford it and I noticed that the number of patients was small. Only 10 or so in the waiting room.
Even though we are all taking a malaria prophylaxis, the doctor thought Devin had all the symptoms of malaria, so he ordered a blood test. The test came back negative but by late afternoon, Devin was feeling much worse so we took him back.
This time they gave him an IV because they thought he was dehydrated, tested for other things like typhoid and amoebic dysentery then sent him to the International Hospital for a 5 to 6 hour observation period. Even on the way to the hospital, he began to improve.
Once at the hospital he was see by a doctor immediately. After taking his blood pressure and looking in his mouth, she recommended a 24 hour observation period and a repeat of all the tests that had been done at the clinic. Problem is we are supposed to leave Uganda and fly to Tanzania in about 18 hours .... You’ll know from previous entries that rescheduling these flights could be a problem.
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