Dear Neil an All,
Self-medication is common because malaria caused by mosquitoes present fearful symptoms to a victim. Another point is that it takes sometimes 4 hours for a patient to be seen by a competent health worker to check for malaria parasites in the blood. Since most of us assume that chorhatem, or fancida (spellings) will be prescribed then we check with chemists or drug stores around to combat than waiting for such a long procedure. Of course ignorance for not know the dangers of
chemicals in our bodies could be at play.
HIFA profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. Masters degree in Development for Commication, patient advocate. klchanda AT gmail.com