They looked at Talandila but did not test her for anything or tell me what they thought was wrong but prescribed some medication which they did not have at the health facility. They said I would have to buy it myself at the pharmacy.
They didn’t refer Talandila to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), but as I didn’t have the money to buy the medicine that was prescribed for my daughter I decided to go to QECH to get medical attention.
When I got to QECH I was told to go to the nearest health centre because I had not been referred by my health centre. They suggested I go next door to Getway health facility to get a referral. Talandila was tested for malaria and the results were negative but because of her condition, she was very weak and had a very high temperature, they referred us back to QECH.
When we got to QECH for the second time we were taken into the emergency room as Talandila was having problems breathing. Although the negative malaria test results were written in the health passport, the doctors still thought it was malaria so they did yet another malaria test and these results were negative too. The doctors thought she may have meningitis so did a lumbar puncture but the results were not yet out. They gave her some injections and she was put on oxygen for her breathing problems.