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FIFTH IS A CHARM!

January-February 2019

Rosalynn Carter said, "Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place." Our fifth community exposure has commenced and it wasn't the usual sweet farewell. With clerkship fast approaching, some of us were overcome with anxiety and excitement but mostly anxiety. One problem after the other. Problems are a constant in life but there is happiness that comes from solving problems. To be happy is to solve something. Therefore, happiness is a form of action; it's an activity. True happiness occurs only when find problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving so bring it on clerkship!

GROUP ACTIVITIES:

1. The excessive solid wastes has been an issue everywhere else. Improper solid waste management has impacts not just on the environment but on health as well. A team of medical students went on a tour to enhance their knowledge on the process of collecting and treating of solid wastes in the municipality and hopefully to be able to offer solutions on how to reduce and change and use solid wastes as a valuable resource.

2. Offered assistance on immunizing children and assessing the health of pregnant women in the barangay.

3. Malnutrition is the pathological condition from an inefficient or excess that may be relative or absolute of one or several essential nutrients. It is one of the major health problems in the public in vast areas of the world in the present. We have trained a the core group of malnutrition how to properly take the weight and height of children under 0-5 years of age and evaluate the nutritional status of the children.

4. Out of the 203 hypertensive individuals detected during the house-to-house surveys and purok mass BP taking, only 6 were diagnosed and enrolled to the DOH Hypertension Club. There is also poor compliance to medications due to lack of funds and unavailability of free medications. We have organized a Medical Outreach Program with the participation of RHU for the diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases in the community. Free consultation was conducted and free drugs and vitamins were dispensed for the residents.

5. The Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) and Barangay Health Workers (BHW) do not stay in the station because they do not have the necessary equipment, trainings, nor a concrete plan on how to make the station functional in all the days of the week or even during in emergency situations such as vehicular accidents they can’t provide basic life support. We have collaborated with Philippine Red Cross Pagadian Chapter for the training of BHW's on emergency response.

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