Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia

by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia
Supporting Rural Health Centres in Ethiopia

Project Report | Jun 28, 2019
Diabetes in rural Ethiopia

By Kate Frewer | Country Programmes Officer

A 20 year old lady named Z.A. arrived at Asendabo health centre (Jimma) with complaints of right flank pain which was spreading to the inguinal area. The nurse, while trying to check for RBC or crystals in the urine, found that the sugar levels were +3 and ketone bodies were +2. Her random blood sugar which was 400mg/dl. Going back to the history, it showed that the patient had 2 years of increased thirstiness and urine. Her father had died 12 years earlier at the age of 39 from chronic renal failure diagnosed in Jima hospital and who had beenreferred for dialysis. Her mother is fine. 

She had been crying all day as she had been told that she will need to take medication for the rest of her life and would die of diabetes. She told a sad story about how her father had been well but then passed away within a few months of being diagnosised with renal failure. The patient needed reassurance and was told that early diagnosis would help to prevent complications, which otherwise could cause a premature death like her father. Many patients suffer from shock when they are told of their diagnosis of a chronic disease. Some also become depressed when they consider the implications of having to take medication for the rest of their lives. Learning that the disease is incurable also causes worry.  

Later in the day, she was referred by a nurse in the health centre to inpatient care. This was because it became clear that this was a diabetic emergency (Diabetic ketoacidosis) and the patient needed insulin treatment immediately. As there was no insulin available at Asendabo, the nurse put an IV line into the youg lady and referred her to Jima Hospital. This is another clear example of how the role of nurses in rural health care facilities in early detection of chronic disease is essential. Without this, Z.A could have potentially needlessly died like her father or been subjected to a limited life. 

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