Sri Lanka: Primary Care Clinic Yayawatta
Child Abuse Awareness Program Conducted: Q4 2016
February 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 fourth quarter of 2016, we saw an average of 20.9 patients per day, treating a total of 628 patients.
210 Patients Treated
- 210 patients, 99 male and 111 female, were treated at the Real Medicine Clinic in October.
- There were 139 direct beneficiaries, and the most common illness was viral influenza.
- 17 indirect beneficiaries were treated for viral influenza. Direct and indirect beneficiaries received treatment for 6 types of diseases, and a total of 71 patients were indirect beneficiaries.
207 Patients Treated
- 207 patients, 95 male and 112 female, were treated at the Real Medicine Clinic in November.
- The number of direct beneficiaries was 146. The number of indirect beneficiaries was 61, 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.
211 Patients Treated
- 211 patients, 91 male and 120 female, were treated at the Real Medicine Clinic in December.
- There were 134 direct beneficiaries from Yayawatta who received treatment, and 77 indirect beneficiaries obtained medication. Direct and indirect beneficiaries were treated for 5 types of diseases.
- 21 of the indirect beneficiaries were treated for viral fever. They came from Palapotha, Kadurupokuna, and Seenimodera. A total of 77 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
Child Abuse Awareness Program
Helping Protect Vulnerable Children
A child abuse awareness program was held on October 23, 2016 to commemorate the 9th year of the Real Medicine Clinic in Yayawatta, serving the communities of direct and indirect beneficiaries of Real Medicine Foundation. Medical personnel from Hambantota provided their services to make mothers aware of child abuse and child protection. The event was attended primarily by mothers, as fathers were working at that time.
Jani is 11 years old, and she is a direct beneficiary of the Real Medicine Clinic who lives in Yayawatta. Jani had been crossing the street near Seenimodera Junction, when a trishaw hit her and she fell on the side of the road. She was rushed to the clinic. Jani did not have any external injuries from this accident, but she was complaining of severe abdominal pain. The doctor examined and referred her to the surgical clinic at Tangalle Base Hospital, where the medical consultants further examined her and diagnosed her with kidney abrasion. Jani was admitted to the surgical ward and was under observation and receiving treatment for 2 weeks. She has now come home, but her parents have been advised to be on the lookout for any unusual abdominal pain, and she visits the Real Medicine Clinic.