Medical Mission Outreach 2019
Providence Care Community Health Initiative Amichi on Monday 30th of December 2019 conducted a one day intensive free medical screening and treatment. The mission served many patients especially the indigent ones, the aged, the less privileged and a whole lot of other people from Amichi and surrounding communities within and around Nnewi-South Local Government Area of Anambra State in South-Eastern Nigeria. The program was successful and ran from 8am to 6pm on the day.
Multi-disciplinary services, which included the areas of Ophthalmology, Optometry and General Medical Services, were rendered. We conducted blood sugar and blood pressure monitoring for most of the patients.
The volunteers included Specialists in Ophthalmology, Optometry, General Medical Practitioners and nurses including students of School of Nursing, Nnewi Diocesan Hospital.
We served one hundred and sixty-nine (169) patients. Fifty-five (55) were males while one hundred and fourteen (114) were females. One hundred and sixty-one of the patients came from Amichi while eighty patients came from surrounding communities of Ekwulumili, Utuh, Osumeghi, Azigbo and Nnewi.
Most of the beneficiaries received medical consultation from more than one doctor and as such more than one diagnosis was made for some of them. In the area of Ophthalmology, twenty-four (24) patients were diagnosed of cataract, forty-one (41) were diagnosed of ocular allergies, sixty-one (61) patients were diagnosed of different forms of refractive errors including presbyopia, four (4) were diagnosed of glaucoma, six (6) patients had pterygium, while two (2) had chalazion.
In the area of General Medical Service, forty-four (44) patients were diagnosed of hypertension, twelve (12) patients were diabetic, and ninety-four (94) patients were treated as cases of malaria and typhoid fever. Nineteen (19) patients were treated for Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) and gastritis, twenty (20) patients were treated for Respiratory Tract Infections (RTI), twelve (12) patients were treated for Helminthiasis, two (2) patient were treated for asthma, and four (4) patients were treated for urogenital tract infections, thirty-five (35) were treated of osteoarthritis, four (4) patients received treatment for different forms of dermatitis, one (1) was given treatment for dental caries, and one (1) patient was diagnosed of hemorrhoid and one(1) patient was treated of cellulitis.
Table 1. Demographic Characteristics of Patients Served
Table 2. Clinical Characteristics of Patients Served