The And Its Effects On Health Services

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In July 1994, Claudia laid a paddle shock away from death. Just a few months earlier Claudia had attributed her symptoms to the flu. She was feverish and fatigued, not any different from a common cold. In El Salvador, her fever would have been treated with a bath of boiled water with eucalyptus, mango, guavas and orange leaves. If the symptoms got any worse they would seek the help of a “Curandero”. A “Curandero” is a traditional healer that commonly uses herbs and oils in a ritualistic manner to cure patients of their physical and spiritual ailments (Torres 5-6). El Salvador is an impoverished country and access to health services is limited, thus alternative forms of healthcare have been a necessity, as well as a preference for some…show more content…
Her cells grew and grew uncontrollably in her bone marrow. Eventually they interfered with the body’s ability to produce normal blood cells. Still, it was only when her symptoms increased in severity that she sought the help of a doctor, who would diagnose her with cancer. The day she went into the emergency room she showed symptoms unlike anything she had ever felt before. Her fever of 103 degrees had lasted three days, her body was weak, and she bled excessively. Dr. Jane Delgado, President and CEO of the National Health Alliance for Hispanics says “‘we don’t go to the doctor until we’re very, very sick. By then, our health care clinician is limited in what they can do because the condition is too difficult to pinpoint’” (NBC Latino). These problems present difficulties for early diagnosis and treatment of illnesses in the Latino community. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has cited the primary causes of death among Latinos as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority and Health). Many of these are preventable or treatable, but only if the patient receives the information and care. For instance, early detection of cancer with awareness of signals, like symptoms that do not subside or excessive blood loss, increases the chance of a favorable prognosis (World Health Organization). Similarly, the proper
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