Everyone is aware that some days can get off to a rough start, but it’s important to not let that dictate how the rest of your day goes. Last Wednesday the SCH outreach team had a bit of rough start in the morning when our ambulance got stuck on the side of the road right in front of the hospital. It put the team a bit behind schedule but knowing that we had patients waiting on us in Ugunja, our main driver, Fred Owino, promptly towed the ambulance out and we were soon on our way.
Last week’s outreach was special for several reasons. Firstly, we were joined by a team from Metronics, one of our spongsors that help make outreach a possibility. Secondly it was Elizabeth Ogada’s (our Matron) last ever outreach. You can read more about her by clicking here. In addition to both of those things we were also joined by Kathy Tate-Bradish, a Rotarian from Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club.
Despite the morning’s delays we arrived to Ugunja at around 10:00 AM and found a place that we could park our trailer before swiftly setting up to make up for lost time.
Although we had a bit of a stuttered start in the morning the rest of the day went rather well for our outreach team. We were fully prepped and seeing patients by 10:15 AM. Throughout the day we were able to register 151 new patients. 110 of them were screened for high blood pressure while 49 more were tested for HIV. 12 patients received family planning services while 20 women were screened for cervical cancer. 52 patients were also seen personally by a nurse and we even referred one patient back to SCH to receive surgery for free during this week’s Ketamine week.
A big shout out to the Metronics for helping out with this week’s community outreach. Also, a huge thank you to Matron for all her countless contributions on outreach days, it will be difficult to find another outreach leader like her. We would also like to thank the rest of our sponsors that help make days like this feasible (Jhpeigo, Mtiba, HHA, KMET, Odit, Esslor).
This article was written by Sebastian Karlson