Peru: Policlínico Peruano Americano
“Chocolatada” Celebration Helps Bring Joy to the Children: Q4 2017
February 01, 2018
Magali M. de Pujalt
Summary of Activities
The primary objective of our project is to bring long-term, quality healthcare to the earthquake victims who lost their homes, possessions, and, in many cases, loved ones. The areas most affected were Pisco, Ica, Chincha, Cañete, and Huancavelica. The site of the RMF clinic is in San Clemente, Pisco. San Clemente is the poorest district of Pisco, and an overwhelming majority of people cannot afford to pay for health services. In addition, outreach programs have been initiated to address the health needs in remote and impoverished areas around San Clemente and Pisco. RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, provides all basic health services for free. To promote co-responsibility and sustainability, the clinic requests a minimal fee for specialty services, such as lab work and ultrasounds, and offers wholesale prices for medication. Patients who cannot afford minimal fees or wholesale prices are not charged. The clinic places strong emphasis on prevention and education, and this is evident in all facets of the clinic’s operations.
The new location for the Policlínico Peruano Americano opened its doors on June 6, 2016 on Calle Beatita de Humay Nº 125, San Clemente. Operating Hours: 7:00 AM–3:00 PM.
During this Quarter:
- In the months of October, November, and December, the RMF Perú team traveled to different locations in the province to conduct medical missions, administering free medical attention and distributing medicine. Similar to the medical mission in the province of Chosica Huarochiri, we sought responsible people who could help provide a safe place to store the medicine and also perform the medical care.
- Four medical missions were carried out in other districts with very good reception and attendance.
- In October the medical missions were carried out in AAHH Jose Maria Escriva and Amauta in the district of Villa Tupac Amaru. We attended a total of 624 patients.
- In December, we moved to the district of Independence, about 32 kilometers from our premises, to carry out a medical mission for two days. We were welcomed by Mr. Cordova, who allowed us to use his office to perform the necessary care for a total of 364 patients.
- We also contributed to the Association of People with Disabilities of San Clemente with sweets and gifts for their activities.
In November the medical missions were carried out in AAHH El Alto Molino and Lucero al Amanecer in the district of Pisco, as well as in AAHH Cover of the Sun in Villa Tupac Amaru and January 24th in the district of San Clemente, where we attended 1,152 patients.
Staff members worked diligently to provide quality service and medication to the patients. With our new pieces of medical equipment, Dr. Patricia Altamirano is able to diagnose patients with (among others) diabetes and offer treatment to control the disease.
Thanks to the collaboration of family, friends, and the RMF Perú team, we collected what was necessary to arrange the 2017 Christmas “Chocolatada” party for children. In addition to a Christmas show, the children attending the Chocolatada received sweets, soft drinks, and small gifts.
On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Peru experienced a deadly earthquake: 7.9 on the Richter scale. Over 500 people died, more than 37,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water. The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, and the people were in need of medical attention. Real Medicine Foundation’s team was deployed to Peru on October 12 in an effort to assist those most in need.
The primary objective of our project was to bring long-term free healthcare to the victims of the earthquake who had lost their homes, possessions, and in many cases, loved ones. The areas most affected were Pisco, Ica, Chincha, Cañete, and Huancavelica. The site of the RMF clinic is in San Clemente, Pisco. San Clemente is the poorest district of Pisco, and the overwhelming majority of people cannot afford to pay for health services. In addition, outreach programs have been initiated to service the health needs in the very remote and impoverished areas around San Clemente and Pisco.
- Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses at our urgent care center, “Policlínico Peruano Americano.”
- To provide all basic health services for free. To promote co-responsibility and sustainability, the clinic requests a minimal fee for specialty services, such as lab work and ultrasounds, and offers wholesale prices for medication. Patients who cannot afford minimal fees or wholesale prices are not charged.
- To improve the comprehensive health of the community through outreach programs, educational programs, and public health initiatives.
- Prevention and health education are strongly emphasized in all facets of the clinic’s operations.
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9 Months Old
Kataleya Guzman is a 9-month-old patient who attended the campaign in Villa Casalla, where she was treated for symptoms of a cough for two weeks. According to the mother, about four days ago, the baby’s symptons worsened and they attended the Policlínico, the baby presenting with a high temperature and general discomfort in addition to a lack of appetite. The mother said she also had lesions on the hands and genitals three days ago. The medical examination of the presenting signs and symptoms resulted in a diagnosis of acute bronchitis and pydodermitis, a skin infection.
- Ceftriaxone 500 mg
- Dexametasone 2 mg
- Paracetamol to keep temperature down
- Betamethasone cream every 12 hours applied to areas presenting skin lesions
- Abundant breastfeeding recommended
16 Years Old
Jeremy Sandoval is a 16-year-old patient who sought medical attention, presenting with a cough he reported having for several days, along with difficulty breathing and nasal congestion. The medical examination of the presenting signs and symptoms resulted in a diagnosis of acute bronchitis.
- Procainic PNC 1,000,000 IU diluted and dexamethasone 4 mg/2 ml intramuscularly every 24 hours for 3 days
- Nebulization with fenoterol, 4 drops and 4 cc of physicological serum (10 minutes every 20 minutes) for 3 days
- After 3 days of injections, he will continue with oral treatment.
- Azithromycin 500 mg every 24 hours for 5 days
The patient presented with improvement for a few days, however, he returned to the doctor’s office with a new diagnosis of mild croup.
- Nebulization in 3 sessions (10 minutes every 20 minutes): one session with epinephrine 1 mg /1 ml; second and third sessions of sedation with fenoterol 5 drops and 4 cc of saline for 3 days
- At the medical examination, the patient’s respiratory system was found without alterations. Rest and control were indicated for 2 days.
7 Years Old
Emerson Pillacade, a 7-year-old who attends the local school, came to the Policlínico for a medical consultation with his mother. Emerson presented with symptoms of generally feeling unwell, pain when trying to eat food, which presented a day before the consultation. The medical examination of the presenting signs and symptoms resulted in a diagnosis of acute pharyngitis (sore throat) and verruca vulgaris (warts) on both hands. A pediatric consultation was indicated for the possible cauterization of the warts.
- Amoxicillin 250 mg/5 ml, 7.5 ml every 8 hours for 5 days
- Ibuprofen 100 mg/5 ml, 7.5 ml every 8 hours for 5 days
- Ambroxol 15 mg/5 ml, 10 ml every 12 hours for 6 days