Sri Lanka: Primary Care Clinic Yayawatta
640 Patients Treated: Q3 2017
November 08, 2017
Stephney Minerva Fernando
Summary of Activities
The clinic was open 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. During the third quarter of 2017, we saw an average of 21.3 patients per day, treating a total of 640 patients.
219 Patients Treated
- 219 patients, 99 male and 120 female, were treated at the Real Medicine Clinic in July.
- There were 142 direct beneficiaries, and the most common ailments were ischemic heart disease and joint pain.
- 15 indirect beneficiaries were treated for ischemic heart disease. Direct and indirect beneficiaries received treatment for 7 types of diseases, and a total of 77 patients were indirect beneficiaries, and they came from Palapotha, Kadurupokuna, and Seenimodera to obtain treatment at the Real Medicine Clinic.
213 Patients Treated
- 213 patients, 94 male and 119 female, were treated at the Real Medicine Clinic in August.
- The number of direct beneficiaries was 38, and the most common illness was viral fever. The number of indirect beneficiaries was 76, and they came from Palapotha, Kadurupokuna, and Seenimodera to obtain treatment at the Real Medicine Clinic.
- This free health clinic is entirely a gift from Real Medicine Foundation, which has a heart to help our communities that suffer from the tsunami’s destruction and from poverty.
208 Patients Treated
- 208 patients, 96 male and 112 female, were treated at the Real Medicine Clinic in September.
- There were 139 direct beneficiaries from Yayawatta who received treatment, and the most common illness was fever. Direct and indirect beneficiaries were treated for 7 types of diseases.
- 16 of the indirect beneficiaries were treated for fever. They came from Palapotha, Kadurupokuna, and Seenimodera. A total of 69 patients came to the Real Medicine Clinic from these surrounding villages.
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.
- 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
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Overcoming Tragedy Through Counseling
Mrs. J.M. Sameera, who lives at No. 57 in Yayawatta, is a direct beneficiary of the Real Medicine Clinic and has a very sad story. A tragic event at the beach took her two elder children, a daughter (2 years old) and a son (9 years old). When this cruel disaster occurred, Mrs. Sameera, her husband, who is a fisherman, and their family lived in Moraketi-Ara, their house 10 meters from Seenimodara Beach in Tangalle. When the first wave came, both children remained in their arms, but then a second wave took the two children out to the ocean, and their bodies were later found.
When the family came to the permanent house at Yayawatta at Seenimodara, Mrs. Sameera was again blessed with a daughter and a son. Her daughter is now 11 years old, and her son is now 7 years old. Mrs. Sameera was in tears when she shared the past memories of her elder children. She still needs further counseling as her painful past memories linger.
Mrs. Baby Nona
Mrs. Baby Nona is a direct beneficiary of the Real Medicine Clinic and lives at Yayawatta. She is married to fisherman and has four children. Mrs. Baby Nona visited the clinic complaining of severe chest pain. Unable to diagnose the patient, I referred her to the Tangalle Base Hospital at once. The hospital staff conducted the necessary tests, including an electrocardiograph, which revealed the patient was having a myocardial infarction.
The patient was then sent to the teaching hospital at Karapitiya in Galle. The medical consultants diagnosed and found that some of the patient’s blood vessels were blocked. She is now waiting for coronary artery bypass grafting surgery.