Fear Of Hospitals Means Some Mexicans 'prefer To Die At Home'
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Tue 22nd September 2020 | 08:20 AM
Mexico City, Sept 22 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Sep, 2020 ) :By the time 61-year-old Mexican mechanic Martin Urdiain finally decided to go to hospital to seek treatment for the coronavirus, it was already too late. He died the next day.
After their symptoms worsened, they even bought two mechanical ventilators for $3,400 instead of going to hospital.
In Mexico, it is common to hear of people choosing to fight the virus on their own at home, sometimes refusing to be taken to hospital by paramedics.
- 'I'll never return' - Rather than set foot in hospital, Jessica Castillo endured a week at home in Hidalgo state in central Mexico where she even had suicidal thoughts, the 43-year-old pastry chef said.
"I felt that the air I was breathing wasn't entering my lungs, but I said 'If I go to hospital, I'll never return.'" Castillo, who suffers from diabetes and hypertension, said her distrust of the public health system stems from the poor care she received before the pandemic.
"I don't believe them. They've hurt me a lot physically, and emotionally.
"I haven't even been for medicine for my diabetes for about three years.
At the start of the year, her hospital did not even have paracetamol.
- 'Many rumors' - Misinformation has added to this distrust about the public health system.
"There are many rumors that the hospitals end up killing patients," said Eustaquio Garcia, a 27-year-old driver in Guerrero, another southern state.
Yet even some doctors admit that there is a grain of truth in that.
Ivan Carreno, a general practitioner, said that from March to July people's fear "was well founded", since the hospitals "were full, the care was poor and there was a lack of supplies." Although the situation has since improved, many people remain wary.
"Many people literally prefer to die at home."