Gloria Mizi Mbewe from Ndirande township in Blantyre tells us how the niece she looks after became sick in October 2014.
I have been looking after my 9 year old niece Chifuniro and her little sister for the past three years since my sister left to look for a job in the capital city of Lilongwe.
On 22 October 2014 Chifuniro complained that her head was paining her so much. I thought she had been affected by smoke that was coming into the living room where she sleeps from a neighbour’s house. But she then collapsed, so I bathed her with cold water, thinking that would make her better, but it didn’t.
I decided to get medical help when I had finished preparing four of my other children for school as Chifuniro was still complaining of headache but was also vomiting and had diarrhoea.
We walked to Ndirande health clinic and when we got there we were taken straight into the clinician’s room. They thought that she had malaria but the results were negative.
The clinician gave me some Panadol and another drug which I didn’t know and said to give them to Chifuniro three times a day for three days. I gave her the drugs for a day but she hadn’t improved at all and had started convulsing which was really scary, so I took her back to the clinic.