Nigeria: Healthcare Project, Gure

Free Healthcare Week: October 3 - 7, 2016

October 16, 2016
Dr. Ufuoma Ejughemre


Summary of Activities

Real Medicine Foundation has been in Nigeria since 2006 helping to ameliorate the situation, and our healthcare initiative continues to focus on Gure, a community in Kwara State with an estimated population of over 30,000 people. Until mid-2015, RMF supported the improvement and operation of Gure Model Health Centre, and in October 2016, we shifted our focus to health outreach. We provide free clinics and education sessions primarily for women, children, and the elderly. Through these outreach clinics, RMF aims to reach underserved, vulnerable community members with education, primary health care, maternal, and child health care.

RMF’s health outreach program began with community sensitization activities to create awareness for the upcoming free healthcare week. Mobilization/sensitization activities started on September 23rd, 2016 and ended on September 25th, 2016. The advocacy and awareness campaign for RMF’s free health week was carried out in several communities, including: Sanre, Sinaguru, Yorudaku, Tubiguru, Kpegobi, Gaa-Suru, Sabon-Gari, Gaa Kpaanu, Abaku, Yisi-Guru, and the host community of Gure.

RMF’s free healthcare week was held at the Gure Model Health Centre from October 3rd, 2016 to October 7th, 2016. A total of 685 patients were treated.


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Background

& Objectives

Background

Nigeria has the 4th lowest survival rate of children under five out of 191 countries, a child mortality rate of 140 of 1000, and a maternal mortality rate accounting for 10% of the global burden of maternal deaths.

Real Medicine Foundation has partnered with the Kwara State Ministry of Health, The Nigerian Youth Service Corps and Gure Gwassoro Ward Development Committee to support the long abandoned Gure Model Health Center. Situated near the Nigerian/Benin Republic border, the clinic is the only access to healthcare for a population of 154,376 in the Baruteen Local Government area and its surrounding towns. RMF has been funding facility upgrades, providing medicines, medical equipment, and local staff to increase and strengthen its capacity to deliver best practice western medicine and critical maternal child health care services.


Objectives
  • Human capacity building and upgrade of the clinic for better health care delivery
  • Provide regular medicines and medical supplies to the clinic
  • Provide support to existing medical personnel
  • Investigate solar electrical supply
  • Borehole for drinking water and water to clinic
  • Review urgent needs to increase the quantity of patients treated and quality of treatment
  • Prepare larger project quotes for capacity improvement (solar power/ borehole drilling)
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S/N Diseases 10/03/16 10/04/16 10/05/16 10/06/16 10/07/16 Total
1 Malaria 69 116 106 54 69 414
2 Hypertension 15 11 1 1 6 34
3 Ulcer 9 22 12 4 4 51
4 Arthritis 4 3 0 0 3 10
5 Eye Problems 0 0 2 3 2 7
6 Cough 0 0 0 9 2 11
7 URTI 3 12 6 0 1 22
8 Dysentery 10 0 9 0 2 21
9 Skin Diseases 3 6 12 4 6 31
10 Measles 0 0 0 1 0 1
11 Diarrhea 0 14 0 6 0 20
12 PID 5 0 1 0 0 6
13 Dental Problems 1 0 0 0 0 1
14 Asthma 2 1 0 1 0 4
15 Diabetes 0 1 0 0 0 1
16 Intestinal Worms 2 0 0 0 0 2
17 ANC 2 3 0 4 0 9
18 STDs 0 2 0 0 0 2
19 RTI 2 6 0 0 0 8
20 Other 2 7 4 12 5 30
Total   129 204 153 99 100 685
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Success

Stories

Elizabeth Jeremi

Elizabeth Jeremi

Dr. Ufuoma handling Elizabeth Jeremi’s case. She is from Gure and had uncomplicated malaria. Elizabeth was given oral medications (tablets of Coartem, paracetamol, and multivitamins), and recovered her full health two days after starting treatment.

Assana Gunu

Assana Gunu

Mr. Bello, a Senior Community Health Extension Worker, managing 6-year-old Assana Gunu’s case. She is from Gure and had been suffering from dysentery (bloody stool) for 3 days. Assana was placed on oral rehydration and antibiotics. We are told that she is improving at home.

Salihu Zakari

Salihu Zakari

Salihu Zakari, a 48-year-old man, was admitted for bed rest due to severe peptic ulcer disease. He was placed on cimetidine, Mist Mag, and oral antibiotics. Salihu’s condition improved within three hours of treatment.

Salihu Abdulah

Salihu Abdulah

Salihu Abdulahi, a 52-year-old man, had fallen from his motorcycle and sustained several bruises. He was treated with painkillers, his wounds were dressed, and he rested in the clinic that night. Salihu was stable and discharged the following day.

Bosede Akim

Bosede Akim, a 62-year-old woman from the neighboring community of Sanre, complained of bilateral knee pain. She was treated with tablets of Diclofenac (50 mg bd x 5/7) and tablets of Mist Mag (1 teaspoon tds x 5/7). Bosede’s condition improved within 24 hours of starting treatment.

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