Sri Lanka

Yayawatta Clinic Year End Update

February 8, 2011

The Real Medicine Yayawatta Clinic is a community based project that is sponsored by The Real Medicine Foundation and managed by Mrs. Stephney Minerva Fernando, Project Coordinator for RMF in Sri Lanka with guidance and service support by Dr.Chamal Sanjeewa, special Medical Consultant to RMF.

This Project serves 2 sets of beneficiaries, direct and indirect. Members of the Yayawatta fishing community are direct benificiaries, utilizing clinic services, while residents of Kadurupokuna, Palapotha & Seenimodara are indirect beneficiaries. Humanitarian activities are provided equally to all beneficiaries. Elderly men and women in these areas have the opportunity to access the clinic easily for any health issues. The clinic and other support helped them to access further investigations of their prolonged illnesses.

The Real Medicine Clinic has been providing medical assistance since Oct.2006. 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.

The clinic operates to serve individuals and families affected by the tsunami and provides them with direct medical support and care, psycho-social support, and livelihood support. Individuals utilizing clinic services are primarily displaced individuals from coastal areas who formerly relied on fishing activities as their primary source of income.

The clinic is free of cost to these individuals and provides them with their only source of locally based medical care.

During this reporting period, the clinic continued to provide free, high quality medical service to the most deserving individuals of Tsunami affected fishing communities at Yayawatta, as well as support the lower income group of families in the surrounding villages of Palapotha, Kadurupokuna, Moraketi-Ara, & Seenimodara.

For the month of November 205 Patients had come to the Clinic to get the treatment. As usual 10 Clinic days were held and the average of 20 Patients had attended the Clinic.  During the month of December, 218 Patients had come to the Clinic to get the treatment. As usual 10 Clinic days were held with an average of 21 Patients attending the Clinic on each day. 

Patients from the surrounding villages increased to 91, the highest number from this group recorded at Real Medicine Clinic at Yayawatta.

Success Story:

This little girl presented with rectal bleeding. Initially, Jani had been referred to Tangalle Surgical Clinic.  After undergoing many tests, she was referred again to the Teaching Hospital at Karapitiya in Galle. The Medical Consultants at Karapitya decided to proceed with an endoscopy. Unfortunately, Jani had to travel to Colombo for the test because of problems at Karapitiya Hospital.

At Karapitiya Hospital it was discovered that Jani had Polyps in need of removal. After the procedure, Jani recovered comfortably and she has returned home with no complications.

Appendix: Photos

photo: Children of Yayawatta
photo: Dr. Chamal at his desk
photo: Looking for the file
photo: Mrs. Samanthie gets information from a patient
photo: Patient data system is very successful

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