Like every year, in this rainy season, malaria is raging in Chad. An observation in the various health centers and emergencies. Reportage.
With the floods, the city of N’Djamena faces malaria. Hospitals, health centers and medical practices record a high number of people with this disease despite the minimum service. Often without consultation with the various symptoms of the disease, the patients receive the treatment.
In the N’Djari district in the 8th arrondissement, a young owner of a small care practice says he sees around ten patients a day. “Every day, I see the sick. First I take their temperature and according to the symptoms like fever, headache, vomiting, etc. I prescribe them a three-day treatment,” he explains. But there are cases where, he says, he directs the person to the hospital.
A father who brought his child points out that his house is completely in the water. As a result, he and his children are all struck down by malaria. ” This year, the neighborhood, the courtyard of the house and even our rooms are flooded. In addition to our ordeal, illness comes to torture us. Looks like it’s an epidemic. If he enters a dealership, everyone is attacked “, he explains.
For Dr. Gamané, the primary cause of malaria in Chad is poor sanitation. ” The city is dirty and the notion of cleanliness is absent for the average citizen. In addition, the rainfall adds to the insalubrity, which means that the disease is still with us. he says. Dr. Gamané also notes that the population does not protect itself: “ people stay late in crossroads and other corners of the city exposing themselves to mosquitoes, vector of this disease.”
” Me in my care office, I receive between 60 to 70 patients a day who suffer from malaria he says. Regarding treatment, Dr. Gamané explains that there are two kinds of treatment: preventive and curative. ” Before being reached, it is necessary to make examinations and after the results, the doctor gives you treatments. But we wait until the last minute, when we first get sick, we run to the doctor. So there is no preventive treatment “.
At a time when malaria is ravaging, health centers are closed due to strikes. In hospitals, there is only the minimum service.