By Dr. Zahoor Uddin

The RMF/Google Free Medical Camp Projects are continuing with our fourth weekend passing successfully. After having camps in Union Council Aman Garh and Union Council Nisatta, RMF/Google returned to the Nowshehra district, to the village  of Pirpiai with our team of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and general volunteers as well as with medicines/medical supplies.

RMF Flood Relief Medical Camps for the Flood Victims of Pakistan  were held on the weekend of October 9th and 10th, 2010 at the Government High School, Union Council in Pirpiai.

Dr. Rubina Mumtaz, RMF”s Country Director for Pakistan, formally inaugurated the 2-day Free Medical Camp along with the participating medical team. All the team members thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve provided to them by Google’s generosity. Dr. Rubina also visited various sections of the camp such as the registration counter, the different specialist OPDs, the pharmacy and the patients waiting in the halls. She met with all 23 doctors in their OPD sections one by one and discussed the morbidity trends in our camps.

A total of 4,212 patients were treated in this 2-day Free Medical Camp. 2,509 patients were treated on Saturday, October 9, 2010 and 1,703 patients were treated on Sunday, October 10, 2010.

Of these 4,212 patients:

  • 76% were female
  • 24% were male
  • 21% were children below the age of 12

On day one, 23 medical doctors and on day two, 17 doctors from various specialties participated in our camps, the final figures of specialized care made possible through Google’s support are as follows:

1,314 patients – General medical OPD cases, such as acute (bloody) diarrhea, cholera, malaria, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, headaches, general weakness. Of these patients,

  • 278 presented with urinary tract infections
  • 149 with malnutrition
  • 189 with general body aches (not specifically to categorize according to WHO criteria)
  • 97 patients – General surgery
  • 701 patients – Dermatology
  • 170 patients – Ophthalmology
  • 218 patients – ENT
  • 657 patients – Pediatrics (children below the age of 12)
  • 597 patients – Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • 113 patients – Orthopedics
  • 134 patients – Dentistry and oral hygiene
  • 211 patients presented with severe dehydration as result of i.e. diarrhea, suspected measles, suspected meningitis, tetanus, high fevers. These patients as well as all patients presenting with acute abdomen, burns, acute appendicitis, severe injuries and major infected wounds were referred to tertiary hospitals for follow up and advanced care.

The RMF medical team will be able to follow these patients at the hospitals where they work.

As always, the response from the community was excellent. Patients arrived from more than 5 surrounding villages as the camp is centrally located at the Government High School.

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