Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Travel and Settling

            The end of the second year of our medical education marks the start of our 3rd community exposure. Barangay Goin, Liloy has fondly become one of our dearest homes. There is no question that we have come to be more familiar of the people of the community, and not only their faces, but also their names and family backgrounds.
            We traveled for the municipality on the 25th of March at 7 in the morning and arrived at around noon. We made our first stop at the Rural Health Unit of Liloy to meet with the Municipal Health Officer and our preceptor, Dr. Nanette Digamon. Necessary market goods were also bought in the Poblacion prior to traveling to the barangay.
            The dry season has never spared us a day since arriving at Goin. Water has become scarce, our LPG tank was malfunctioning, the water dispenser was leaking, and the heat was excruciatingly inconsiderate.
            The first week proved to be a challenge. Fortunately, the team was not easily discouraged. We worked harder; we collected water from the elementary school and carried the pails back home, we also settled for slow cooking by using carbon, and we had to be contented with lukewarm water.
            Settling in, on the first week was tiring, but ultimately fulfilling.

CHP Activities

            During the first week, the team focused on identifying all Hypertensives in the barangay of Goin. The team followed the Joint National Committee-7 guideline on Hypertension. Baseline blood pressure readings, history of hereditary illnesses, co-morbidities, and lifestyle activities were recorded. These data will be used in the production of the “BP card” under the Community Health Program on Hypertension, spearheaded by Team Goin’s Apple Mae Roullo and Zain Al-Abiddin Nuruddin.
           The BP cards will be the subjects’ IDs; these will be used for easier monitoring and recording of blood pressures. In collaboration with the municipality’s Rural Health Unit, the subjects may obtain free Anti-Hypertensive medications appropriate for the patients’ medical history.
The program for promotion of proper solid waste management in the community has started identifying the willingness and feasibility of the activity of Vermiculture and Vermicasting Facility. While going house-to-house to identify hypertensives, the family members were inquired as to their knowledge of Vermiculture and Vermicasting and if they are willing to give their support in the construction of a facility in the community.
           Districts 3, 5, and 7 have been covered in the first week.

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