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打通疫苗接种最后一英里的渠道

北方邦,加济阿巴德市——一名4岁女孩最近被送到我当住院医师的急诊室。她痛苦地扭动着,因为癫痫发作而陷入持续的抽搐中。我和我的团队迅速采取了癫痫治疗方案,开放静脉滴注,并进行了所有恰当的药物治疗。而后我们进行了测试:我向她吹气,她痛苦地瘫倒;我喂她喝水,她的痛苦却急剧增加。诊断非常明确:她患上了狂犬病——而且已经为时太晚,我们救不了她。

女孩的家人知道她曾被狗咬,但有人告诉他们传统的草药能够治愈她,因此他们未能及时将她送到医院治疗。虽然我们全力抢救,但她仍然不到一天时间就去世了。如果她的父母当时立即送她到医院注射抗狂犬病血清和相关疫苗——那么她应当仍然活着。我脑海中仍然回荡着她悲恸欲绝的母亲的尖叫声。

身为儿科医生的我对死亡并不陌生。但亲眼目睹一个无辜的孩子死于一种仅需简单干预就可以预防的疾病却对我打击很大。毕竟,那天我亲眼看着死去的那个小女孩儿几乎算不上是什么异常。

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