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Asthma in Cambodia


I was helping out in a school in cambodia for a week. On My second day there-a girl started wheezing. Now me being asthmatic and all that looked and went ""Oh my god-where is that nurse and my inhaler?"" apparently-The girl has brittle asthma. The first Time she went to costa del Siem reap-she was prescribed Pred,Salb,Flix and Amoxicillian. Ten minutes after getting home-Her parents took her meds away from her and sold them to get money to glue-sniff and buy alchahol. so Back to attack-The first thing That was asked by the volunteer nurse is ""Does ayone have asthma?"" For once in My Life I hd my aero-chamber and Salb with me cuz I am Bad at the Minute aswell. It took 40-minutes to even Get her well enough to go on The Back Of a motorbike to get To a hozzie. The roads are so Bad over here and the school is so far out of the way That you have a 1 in 5 chanc of getting an ambulance. also-You must pay for ambulances over her.$50 a pop. Now you you and me-That is not much, but in Cambodia, That could Be 2 goverment workers wage for a month.

I am just really annoyed and needed to get that off My chest. The girl has Now been Taken in By the owners of the school and has been given loads of inhalers and stuff. Thanks For listening!


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My asthma's only moderate at worst, I live close to both my doctor's & a hospital, funded by the NHS, when I'm a bit worried I can come here for support & advice & still I sometimes find it all a bit scary. I can't begin to imagine what it must be like for that poor girl & others in similar situations. It's good to hear that things are looking up for her. It must've been pretty scary for you too, but thank goodness you were there to help.



Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I am glad she is being cared for now.

It shows just how lucky we are here in the UK and in other well developed countries to have instant access to health care.

The majority of people in the world do not have access to even the most basic health care and medicines. A good example is mozzie nets as a prevention - cheap and very easy. Money is such a huge issue when it comes to health care - people cannot afford even the basics when they are available.

Despite all our grumblings about the NHS I am so gratefull for them - I have seen the other side of the coin ( no pun intended) when in Kenya!



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