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Gender, Behavior, and HealthSchistosomiasis Transmission and Control in Rural Egypt$
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Samiha El Katsha and Susan Watts

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9789774247286

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774247286.001.0001

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Screening and Treatment Programs in Practice

Screening and Treatment Programs in Practice

(p.146) 11 Screening and Treatment Programs in Practice
Gender, Behavior, and Health

Samiha El Katsha

American University in Cairo Press

Residents viewed schistosomiasis as a disease best diagnosed and treated through the biomedical system, and largely through public facilities under the aegis of the MOH Schistosomiasis Control Program. Many doctors and nurses who practice at MOH facilities provide private services to local residents later in the day and in the evening. When it came to seeking treatment for the disease, more people attended public health facilities than private services for schistosomiasis treatment. Immunizations for childhood diseases and tetanus immunizations for women were usually available two days a week. The custodians in each of the two health units kept the place clean and tidy and fetched and carried for the doctors and nurses. When physicians or nurses saw patients they were usually too rushed to answer patients' questions or provide guidance on prevention.

Keywords:   biomedical system, immunizations, health units, physician, prevention

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