A doctor carefully examines a patient
Free Healthcare Services
431 Patients Treated
The clinic was open 10 days each month during January and February to provide free healthcare services to the community of Yayawatta and Seenimodera in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, and the surrounding villages and communities of Palapotha and Kadurupokuna. During this time, we saw an average of 21.5 patients per day, treating a total of 431 patients. As Yayawatta Health Clinic was transitioning to a new doctor in March, the clinic was closed during that month.
Little boy is treated for a severe cut on his leg
219 Patients Treated
- 219 patients, 103 male and 116 female, were treated at the Real Medicine Clinic in January.
- There were 179.4 direct beneficiaries, 137.4 males and 42 females, and the most common illness was viral fever due to weather changes.
- A total of 82 patients were indirect beneficiaries, and they came from Palapotha, Kadurupokuna, Moraketi-Ara, and Seenimodera to obtain treatment at the Real Medicine Clinic. 24 indirect beneficiaries were treated for viral fever.
- Direct and indirect beneficiaries received treatment for 9 types of diseases.
RMF Doctor Assessing a Child
212 Patients Treated
- 212 patients, 95 male and 117 female were treated at the Real Medicine Clinic in February.
- The number of direct beneficiaries was 134, and the most common illness was viral fever due to weather changes.
- The number of indirect beneficiaries was 78, including 36 males and 42 females, and they came from Palapotha, Kadurupokuna, Moraketi-Ara, and Seenimodera to obtain treatment at the Real Medicine Clinic. 28 indirect beneficiaries were treated for viral fever.
Nishani, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, came to RMF’s Real Medicine Clinic with complaints of a runny nose, sneezing, and tension headaches for a duration of about 3–4 years. These symptoms were especially prevalent in the evening and early in the morning. Nishani has visited other health facilities for her illness, but the symptoms were only reduced for the duration of the treatment and resumed after treatment was stopped. Her schoolwork had been badly affected by her condition.
After taking a thorough medical history of the patient, the doctor counseled her on the best practices to prevent symptoms and started her on long-term non-sedative antihistamine therapy. Now, her symptoms have been cured, and she is doing well in school.
- Support the community with free, high quality healthcare services
- Approximately 94 tsunami-affected families and the surrounding communities in 4 villages: a population of 4,000.
- Help to create a healthy community, especially amongst the younger generation
After completing Real Medicine’s immediate tsunami relief efforts at the Mawella Camp Clinic, a second clinic was opened in Yayawatta in October 2006. The clinic is open for 10 days each month to provide free healthcare services to the community of Yayawatta and Seenimodera in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, and the surrounding villages and communities of Palapotha, Kadurupokuna, and Seenimodera. With no resources to hire private transportation and no access to public transport, the clinic provides the only locally based medical care within the community, easily accessible and within walking distance of most villages and beneficiaries. To expand our reach to the surrounding communities, our primary health care clinic staff conducts off-site clinics at local schools and community centers to provide poor rural children with free checks-ups, and medicines.