We’re in the 21st Century and you’d never expect to find a human being who’s scared of hospital treatment, well, that’s the case in Madagascar where the Chief of medicine at plague hospital in has revealed that patients are scared of needles.
The patients, who are suffering from the plague, are running away from hospitals because they are scared of needles and aren't used to hospital treatment.
The problem is so serious that the hospital had to deploy security guards at the Central Anti-Plague Hospital in Ambohimindra, Madagascar, to keep the patients in as well as make sure that those arriving are able to follow safety procedures.
The hospital officials revealed that the main reason why patients run away is that they are scared of needles and don't have much experience of hospitals.
A report released by the deputy representative of Unicef, Jean Benoit Manhes, told the Irish Times: "Some escaped because they’re afraid of needles. People here are not used to the hospital.
"The problem of plague is not just a medical response. You can have hospitals but if people don’t come it isn’t enough.”
The mild incidents have prompted fears that the plague could spread even further with each confirmed case requiring 20 people have been in contact with to be treated as a precaution. The authorities have also urged the citizens not to carry out their traditional burial tradition of Famidihana which involves digging up their dead relatives every seven years.
The tradition involves family members cleaning the remains, rewrapping them and reburying them while other family members perform a special dance. The government has also urged its citizens to pause the tradition for fear the plague bacteria is still active in the corpses and can be spread to the living.
Individuals who had succumbed from the plague and are successfully treated also face stigma when they return home to their communities. The hospital’s chief of medicine, Dr Marielle Zaramisy, said: "Some people are ashamed once they get out of here.”They don’t know can they go out at night, they don’t want to tell their boss because he won’t hug them anymore."