By Mabi Azefor Fominyen and GEF
There are recurrent health concerns that kill many persons in Africa due to the absence of basic information. One of them is Typhoid Fever. This is a life threatening disease that is caused by a bacteria called salmonella typhi. Recently, there has been an increase of cases of people suffereing from the disesease in Cameroon. Unfortunately, diagnosis is not quick because it is generally difficult to differentiate from malaria. For instance the symptoms include fever, headache, mild vomiting which are also present in malaria. The unfortunate consequence is that people tend to prescribe treatment for themselves leading to ineffective healing.
Self-medication also arises because people have little information and cannot easily access a doctor. We thought we could bridge this gap by bringing doctor's help to all, through cyberspace. We developed the internet-TV series "Meet the Doctor" to provide advice on health issues like typhoid fever.
We spoke to Dr Peter Louis Ndifor, of the Family Health Care Foundation Bota, Limbe in Cameroon. He provides background and insights on typhoid fever that could prove useful to all.