The best thing for you to do when you’re sick or injured with meningitis is to go to your doctor and have them prescribe a medicine.
It’s a common misconception that indigenous men do not have a great understanding of medicine and medicine can’t help them, but that’s not the case.
According to Dr. John Stokes, an Indigenous physician, Indigenous men have a strong understanding of the science behind medicine and understand the potential benefits of prescription medicine, particularly in the face of a lack of healthcare resources.
Dr. Stokes explained to Polygon that Indigenous men understand what medicines are safe and what are not, which makes it a lot easier to prescribe appropriate medicines to them.
“The best medicine to help you is the one that your Indigenous brothers and sisters are using,” he said.
“I think when you have a family medicine and your son or daughter is having a stroke, you want to make sure that your medicine is appropriate to help them get better.
If you’re not able to get your family medicine, then you have to look to the medicines that are available for the people that are in your community.”
I’m teaching them to educate themselves and educate others. “
When I was in medical school, I was teaching Indigenous men, but I was not teaching them in a good way.
I’m teaching them to educate themselves and educate others.
It’s not just for them.
I teach them that it’s not about them, it’s about their families.”
Dr. John Sowder, an expert on indigenous health from the University of Victoria, explained to Polygon that there are more men in Canada with meninitis than in any other country in the world, especially when it comes in the middle of summer.
He told us that this is not a one-time event and that men can still have symptoms, including fatigue, loss of appetite, pain, swelling, and even a feeling of being “tired” during the first few weeks after the illness has started.
“There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but it’s certainly something that can be done to help treat it,” he explained.
Dr Sowter said that Indigenous health care professionals are working on ways to support Indigenous men in their recovery from meningococcal disease and that the government’s recent policy on the use of prescription medicines in the treatment of meningocarcinoma is important.
“We are working with our Indigenous health providers, we’re working with local Indigenous health centres, we’ve got a lot of partnerships with Indigenous health professionals who are helping them out to try and get a sense of the best way to help men get better and get better at managing their illness,” he told Polygon.
He added that Indigenous physicians can also assist Indigenous men with any symptoms they may have and that this could include treating their symptoms, taking their temperature, checking their urine for COVID-19, and other tasks to help manage symptoms.
“It’s very important that the Indigenous community understand that there’s a continuum of care, whether it’s prescription medicines or anything else, that’s available to help a person get better,” he continued.
The best thing you can do to help is to consult your Indigenous health practitioner, Dr. Sowden said.
And the best thing that Indigenous doctors can do for men is to provide the best treatment possible.
Dr Sowell, who has been teaching Indigenous health for 20 years, said that the health care system is becoming more accessible to Indigenous people and that it can be hard to get to know Indigenous people when they are still in the community.
“[I]t is very important for Indigenous health practitioners to speak up and help out and understand that, because if you don’t, then it will be hard for the health professional to understand,” he emphasized.