Sri Lanka

Q3/2011: Yayawatta Clinic Progress Report

January 5, 2012

Stephney Minerva Fernando

Project Goal: 
Provide medical care to Tsunami affected families and the less privileged to help build a healthy community

Project Objectives:

Support the community with free high quality healthcare services 

  2. Help to create a healthy community, especially amongst the younger generation

Summary of RMF-sponsored activities carried out during the reporting period under project objective:

  • The clinic was open 10 days per month to provide free healthcare services to the community of Yayawatta at Seenimodara in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, and its surrounding villages and communities.

  • A worm infestation treatment program was implemented in the community.         

Results and/or accomplishments achieved during this reporting period:

  • The clinic is open 10 days each month and for the third quarter of 2011, it saw an average of 20 patients per day with a total of 625 treated. 

  • A worm infestation education and outreach program was carried out for all the entire community and was especially effective for the children of the area.  This treatment was very convenient for all as it was only one dosage with the effectiveness lasting for 6 months

  • A special event was held for the 5th Anniversary of RMF’s work in Sri Lanka. 

Medical services provided:
 The clinic was open 10 days per month from 8.30 am to 12 noon.
The most common diseases treated at the clinic for the month of July: 

  1. Viral Fever 

  2. Gastroenteritis

  3. Joint Diseases

  4. Skin Diseases

  5. Heart Disease

Family Planning Program:
Intra muscular injections of Depo-Provera administered every 3 months to mothers to prevent unwanted pregnancies upon their request.
The diseases treated at the clinic for the month of August:

  1. Respiratory Tract Infections 

  2. Heart Disease/Hypertension

  3. Skin Diseases

  4. Worm Infestation

  5. Joint Pains

Success story(s) highlighting project impact: Mrs. Pradeepa Manori is 30 years old, married and the mother of 2 children. She had come to the Real Medicine Clinic to seek medical assistance regarding a lump in her right breast. Dr. Chamal examined her carefully and was of the opinion that lump was not cancer and referred Mrs. Manori to the surgical clinic at the Base Hospital in Tangalle for further investigation. She was given an appointment to surgically remove the lump and avoid any danger.

Worm Infestation Eradication Education and Outreach:
 For more than 2 months, Dr. Chamal had been observing the patients attending the clinic with similar symptoms of anal itching, vomiting & abdominal disorders. One child was referred to the Pediatric Clinic at the Base Hospital Tangalle with severe symptoms and was found to have an acute Worm Infestation.

After introducing an effective treatment for the Worm Infestation to the entire community the clinic will conduct a survey after the treatment to determine its effectiveness.  So far the community is very happy with the treatment. The medication for the Worm Infestation was:
Children under 5 years: Pyrentin (100mg)
Children over 5: Mebandazole (125 mg)
Adults: Endal (500mg)

Our next issue to cover in the Fourth Quarter will be to get the assessment of nutrition and malnutrition of the entire community.

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