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Sierra Leone News: Diagnose infectious disease before treatment – Dr. Rola

Infectious disease doctor at the Jui Hospital Dr. Wang Ling, known as Dr. Rola, said many patients come to the Hospital after attempting to get treatment at other hospitals where they saw no improvement. She said she cannot treat any patient without first diagnosing to know the full history of the ailment. She said she first listens to the patients explaining how he or she feels, and then she will send them for tests so that she will have all the information before prescribing medication. “If I fail to diagnose the disease before prescribing medication, the chances of getting it right for the patient are slim because I will not know the extent of the virus or bacteria in his or her system. That is the reason why I first make sure the diagnosis is done.” Dr. Rola said she treats many patients on a daily basis for different infectious diseases and every patient that she treats will not come back because they have received the correct medication. Explaining about infectious diseases, she said infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms she said live in and on our bodies. They’re normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease. “Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some are transmitted by bites from insects or animals. And others are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment.” Dr. Rola said the signs and symptoms vary depending on the organism causing the infection, but often include fever and fatigue. Mild infections may respond to rest and home remedies, while some life-threatening infections may require hospitalization. “Many infectious diseases, such as measles and chickenpox, can be prevented by vaccines. Frequent and thorough hand-washing also helps protect you from most infectious diseases.” She said currently the Jui Hospital is suffering from a lack of instruments and equipment. She said some of the equipment is old and needs to be changed; others are not available and it is frustrating for her sometimes to get treatment done. Dr. Rola said if the hospital can be equipped to meet the international standard many patients will not need to go to Ghana or India for treatment as the hospital would have the capacity to treat them. “I hope that the next batch of Chinese doctors coming will have the opportunity to work with better equipment and the hospital would have been adequately equipped so that many sick people would have better treatment and they will stop flying out to Ghana.” Dr. Rola said since she arrived she has been working with Mariama Kargbo and said she is one of the best nurses in the hospital who has helped her succeed in helping hundreds of patients. “I love her and respect her because she is studious and hardworking and she really knows what she is doing. I hope in the future she will get more opportunity to improve her skills in China.” Mariama said because Dr. Rola insists on diagnosis before treatment, most of the patients she has treated have come back happily to say thank you because they received their treatment and they are well. “I have been to China before where I received quality training and I hope that our government will work with the Chinese to upgrade this hospital and make it the best in the country. When this hospital was opened in 2011, I was working here and the hospital had all the equipment to work with. Many patients with major illnesses need not go to Ghana for treatment as we were treating them here, but today even the mere x-ray machine is broken.”

AT/13/4/19

Tuesday April 16, 2019.

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