Back in the UK, we’re actively discouraged from visiting the hospital, unless it’s a life or death emergency. I can probably count the number of times I’ve been taken to hospital on my hands. In Ethiopia however, GPs don’t exist in the same fashion.
For anything more serious than hay fever or sunburn, hospitals are the only places where you can receive medical treatment. So, after having a persistent cough for over three weeks during the ICS program, I decided to break my internal resistance against visiting the hospital for anything less than broken bones.