I was sad when I read that article. After reading it, I told myself this could have been avoided with the patient charter. That's how important this topic is to me.
My mum was sick and visited the hospital. On her return I asked her about the diagnosis and to my surprise she said she didn't know. She wasn't told, neither did she ask. But the doctor prescribed some medicines for her and to her that was fine.
Another friend told me how badly she felt sick that nearly made her collapse. She was given a blood tonic and a couple of other drugs and yet when I asked her what the problem was she couldn't tell me. She too didn't ask. Oh wow!
Is that the norm? Why won't you be curious about what went wrong and what caused it, in order to take preventive measures if possible?
When I was 13 and had surgeries to correct the decompression on my T11 and T12 of my spinal cord, I made sure to ask some important questions. I did not hesitate to ask about the chest tube that was inserted into my ribs to drain the fluid from the surgery. It was too painful to be ignored. So it's difficult to think others can see a doctor without being inquisitive about the things causing the changes in their bodies.
Every patient has the right to quality treatment regardless of what type of illness he or she is suffering from.
You have the right to be informed on your medical condition as well as the possible treatments available for you to make an informed decision.
Remember the days when chloroquine was used in treating malaria. Gosh that drug made me itch so bad. When on that drug and I get in touch with water, it's more than the trade war between the US and China. Then came artemetherlumefantrine which was equally bitter but with extra dosage. Although the drug fights malaria with ease, the number of pills to take is just crazy. Meanwhile there are other drugs which can equally do the job without half the stress of swallowing so much pills. If my doctor tells me about my options I'd definitely tell him to spare me the agony of swallowing so much pills. Maybe they have its injectable one.
Yes you have the right to know of the alternative treatments.
Most doctors write so clearly that even with the best lenses it will take forever to read what they wrote. You can't rely on reading from your medical folder when you go back home. Why not enquire when you still can?
Yes the doctor patient ratio in Ghana now is as wild as the bush fires of the Amazon. Doctors may not have the time to explain to every patient. Imagine being in a queue waiting to be attended to while a patient keeps asking the doctor several questions and it seems forever to be your turn.Jeeez, Yes it sucks but why not be patient and get all the help you need?
There may be emergency cases where you can't be informed and we trust the doctors to do the best for you.
Since it's a two way affair you can't be fighting for your rights when you neglect your responsibilities. You are responsible for providing your doctor with the necessary information needed for your diagnosis and treatment. Don't go telling lies, don't feel shy. They are bound by the oath of confidentiality.
While the hospital provides security and ensures your safety, you as a patient must show respect for the right of other patients as well as the health workers.
You are also responsible for adhering to the doctor's instructions. Taking the prescribed medicines and reporting any strange development in the course of your treatment.
Nobody wants to be ill but when you do, you deserve the best of healthcare. To those ill and suffering, I wish you speedy recovery. I love to know my readers are in good health all the time. Stay safe, stay healthy and take care.