Non-COVID patients need medical attention too

Since the return of local COVID-19 transmissions in the country, the authorities have been working hard in curbing the spread. This is especially evident in their swift adoption of new measures when needed. We as citizens and residents are truly fortunate to have our authorities doing everything they can to keep us safe.

In these trying times, it is understandable to prioritise the coronavirus outbreak, especially with so many new cases and clusters being detected on a daily basis.

However, I recently started experiencing pain from tonsillitis. It got so severe that it got in the way of work. So I visited a public clinic to seek treatment for my ailment. Much to my dismay, I was informed that no doctors were available to examine my condition. Instead, they suggested that I went to the flu clinic, where the throat specialist supposedly resided.

Desperate, I opted for a private clinic only to find that the doctor could not see me in person; instead I had to describe my symptoms over the phone. In the end, I was prescribed some antibiotics and a note to get tested for COVID-19. Thankfully, the result came back negative for the coronavirus.

However, my tonsillitis persisted. So I braved the flu clinic in search of a doctor who would treat me for my condition. Once again, I was swabbed for the virus and five days’ worth of antibiotics. As it was only a mere week apart between my swab tests, and I had been careful not to leave home unless necessary, I knew my swab test would come back negative; and it was.

I hope that my experience was an isolated case. If not, it worries me that there are doctors who are too quick to look for signs of COVID-19 in patients, and not much else. As a result, those with non-COVID ailments may give up on seeking treatment or worse, consult online forums for remedies.

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