GENERAL CONSULTATIONS PROVIDED
“March was an especially busy month at the Dawoodia camp clinic, with our doctors seeing over 1,200 patients. However, the month also posed interesting barriers for our clinic and staff due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed on us and a general sense of uncertainty in the community. All of which were overcome with grace and grit.
The most common reasons for visits this month continued being hypertension, helminthiasis (worms), and type 2 diabetes. Patients continued to visit the clinic despite our adjusted hours and cooperated with our newly implemented measures to avoid crowds and gatherings at the clinic.
In response to the new coronavirus restrictions, our team also delivered chronic medications to patients’ caravans instead of having them collect from the clinic. Patients living outside the camp in surrounding villages were also able to bring their checkups to the camp entrance and pick up their medication as a specified time the following day.
Having recently completed an education and awareness campaign on influenza and coronavirus, we take comfort in knowing that the community members know that we are here for them and join them in the fight against the coronavirus.“
– Brenda Hershey, Dawoodia Field Coordinator.
|CHILD MALNUTRITION SCREENINGS||72|
|PRENATAL CARE VISITS||63|
|MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATIONS||176|
|CLINICAL LAB TESTS||614|
|MICROBIOLOGY LAB TESTS||63|
|PATIENTS VACCINATED (w/ WHO)||35|
NO. OF DIAGNOSES
|DYSLIPIDEMIA (BLOOD LIPIDS TOO HIGH)||72|
|CHRONIC HEART DISEASE||66|
MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC:
GENERAL CONSULTATIONS PROVIDED
“Unfortunately, as a result of restrictions on mobile clinics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to suspend our activities in four locations – Balqosh, Gersheen, Shariya and Sina. Locations we previously traveled to in order to provide our patients with primary health care and physiotherapy sessions.
However, our persistent mobile medical team did not stay at home, on the contrary, our medical and non-medical personal from the mobile team joined forces with our team at Dawoodia. We continue to support them and reinforce their work on a daily basis. Nevertheless, we can happily inform you that during the first two weeks of March, when we were still able to reach the villages, almost 500 patients visited our doctors, 12 of whom received treatment from our mental health specialist and our physiotherapist saw a total of 24 patients. In the coming week we hope to implement further strategies to reach these patients during the coronavirus lockdown.”
– Martina Babikova, Field Coordinator for the Mobile Clinic.
|MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATIONS||12|
|CLINICAL LAB TESTS||454|
MOST COMMON REASONS FOR VISIT
NO. OF VISITS
|MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN (NON-SPECIFIC)||61|
|CHRONIC ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASES||33|
ERBIL PHYSIOTHERAPY CENTRE:
“STEP-IN’s Physiotherapy Centre in Erbil was closed on the 11th of March as a part of a wider community effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus. As physiotherapy is inherently a hands-on treatment there is too great a risk for our physiotherapy staff and patients in regard to contracting the virus and potentially spreading it amongst our beneficiaries and their subsequent contacts in Erbil. Thus, for the greater good, we have suspended our services until further notice.”
– Ash Davies, Erbil Field Coordinator.