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Common Medical Problems Seen in the Cross Emergency Medical Clinic Dr. Gregory Bartha | The Formula Vita
Common Medical Problems Seen in the Cross Emergency Medical Clinic June 28, 2015 by Dr. Gregory Bartha Malaria is the most common problem I see in the Cross Emergency Medical Clinic. It strikes mainly babies and young children, presenting with high fever, diarrhea, vomiting and occasional seizures. The text books advise anti-malaria treatment for any child under age three who has high fever and lives in the area. First, we usually do blood examinations on these children. There are characteristic markings in the red blood cells which indicate malaria. The greater the number of these abnormalities present, the more severe the condition. It’s usually best to keep very young children and anyone with disabling symptoms in the clinic for a day or two and treat them with intravenous quinine or an artemisinin-type drug. The artemisinin drugs are derived from an herb and were developed in China. They are the most effective drugs for the type of severe malaria found in Africa. If the