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Day 5

 

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Tuesday, July 19th

On the second day of our mission trip, we drove twenty minutes away from the San Juan guest house to a little village in El Llanito De Pedro Corto. We arrived to a school full of patients crowding the front play ground of a local elementary school. The team quickly unloaded the suit case supplies and separated our operations into three separate rooms. One room was used as by the pharmacists and the interdisciplinary team. Another room hosted patient history taking, measuring blood pressure, glucose, height and weight. Thanks to our wonderful medical coordinator of Solid Rocks, Nicole Epby, the flow of patients from one room to another was much smoother and more efficient than the previous day. The efficiency left Doctor Darryl Koop and the rest of the healthcare team very happy.

Personally, I was one of the pharmacy operators. To reduce the patient traffic away from the doctor’s and vitals’ room, the pharmacy invited all children to our care. Upon seeing the parent and child, we required our fantastic translator Eucladius to ask the guardian if the child has received any parasite medication in the last seven days. If the answer was no, the counseling pharmacist would administer one anti-parasitic tablet immediately. Secondly, the child would receive a supply of children’s vitamins and dental care products like tooth brushes and paste. The newly counseled patient would go to the other side of the room to receive fun rewards like crayons and stickers. We supplied around ninety children with anti-parasitics, vitamins and dental care products. Aside from the kids, the rest of pharmacists like Julie and me dispensed doctor-prescribed medications for incoming patients.

The common trend of today and the previous day, between all the patients, is neediness. All patients needed vitamins due malnutrition. Unfortunately, we never had enough vitamins to give out in both days. Moreover, the village majorly suffered from fungus-related problems. Overall, our team saw over two hundred patients. It was another successful and very fulfilling day.

—Farah Hassoun
Senior, Pharmacy
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada