Laboratories are not HOSPITALS!

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By Dr. Enjoy
LABORATORIES ARE NOT HOSPITALS…
Was lying on my back in my room when a call came through to my cell phone…  Reluctantly,glanced through my screen.
It was a call from a close friend of mine….
Hurriedly,I picked the call…
She spoke with voice so faint..
What’s the problem sweet? I asked. She complained she was not feeling fine…
This must be a serious one to have stolen the beautiful voice of this angel,I thought in my head…
I feel pain in my abdomen,she cried out..and I can barely move..
Pain? When did it start? A week now,she replied…how is this pain? Is it sharp,dull.squeezing,or burning?…It’s like it burning,she replied.
Which part of your abdomen do you feel  this pain? In my lower abdomen,she replied ..
Right or left? She said it was diffuse…
Does the pain move to any other part of your body? Nope,she replied.
Does this pain have anything to do with your eating food?…does it get worse during or after eating?…she said the pain doesn’t affect her feeding in any way…do you have any discharge per vagina? Are you feeling feverish? She said,nope…were you hit by anything? Nope,she replied…
Her voice grew fainter as we spoke …
Where are you now? In the house,she replied…
You must rush down to a hospital #asap
call a nearby friend to help…I added before i dropped the call..
A few minutes later I called her cell phone to check up on her,to my amazement she was in a laboratory!!!what are you doing in a lab? I ask…Did the doctor send you for any test ? She said no,I went straight to the lab. I got upset with her and told her to call me back later when she is done there. I couldn’t order her to get herself to a hospital because she wasn’t my child neither is she my younger sister…
An hour later she called to tell me they said she has an “ulcer”….I was bewildered…because this kind doesn’t tie up with  my clinical skills nor does it tie up with my snappy history taking…what exactly did they do for you?I asked.
Did they pass a probe or any object down your throat? She said,no…
Did they give you anything to drink? She said,no.
What then did they do for you ?
She said they rubbed an oil on her stomach and used an object to touch the oiled part…after sometime she was told to stand up.she was cleaned up,after which she was told she has an “ulcer”…
She paid a sum of 3000 Naira…They  scribbled something on a paper for her to go to a chemist and buy the all magical #gestid…”the ulcer exterminator”. Little wonder why they all come running back to the hospital with complications that wouldn’t have occurred if they all came to the hospital in the beginning…
Now,who is to be blamed?
Should I blame the medical body in Nigeria? Or should I blame the ignorant nature of its citizenry ? I think I should give it to the “sharp sharp “mentality that has ravaged us…
First I must sound it clear,”the laboratory is not “A HOSPITAL”…..They are not trained in clinical skills for disease searching or clinical reasoning;the use of  signs,symptoms,examinations together across systems to make a diagnosis…the fall under “investigations…they are for a further “inquiry” to help tie knots …they can’t supplant long years of clinical experience and training…They are but a part of a whole…
You are to go to a lab when a Doctor sends you for some important test or investigations…
They don’t have a clue as to what your complaints are…or as to how they relate to your general health…
Running to them is like running to give yourself up as sacrificial lambs for the acquisition of money. All thanks to the economy of the nation …
Al binitio …my dear friend was extorted!!!
Out of her ignorance or “sharp sharp ” mentality …
All through my training I’ve not seen where an ultrasound scan is used solely in making a diagnosis for a peptic ulcer disease…
Let’s follow due procedure …  It’s the #HOSPITAL before the laboratory …#thanks…
Dr.Enjoy…

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