Community Health Outreach in Edo State

Report of LAPO Community Health Outreach at Ugha Community in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State in 2015

The LAPO Community Health Outreach at Ugha in Uhunmwode LGA of Edo State was held on Saturday, 28th November, 2015 at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State

Objectives

1.    To provide free, quality primary healthcare services including minor operations to children, women, men and the aged in Ugha and surrounding communities of Uhunmwode Local Government Areas.
2.    To sustain quality primary healthcare and MCH services through the provision of basic hospital equipment to host health facility.

Outreach Activities

1. Flag-off Ceremony
The flag-off ceremony was held on Thursday, 26th November, 2015. It was attended by the Vice Chairman of Uhunmwode LGA, the Supervisory Counsellor for Health and the Primary Healthcare Coordinator of the Local Government, the Enogie of Ugha, Community Elders, community members and beneficiaries.

2. Provision of basic hospital equipment to Ugha PHC for improved Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services

3. Provision of medical care services to beneficiaries between Thursday 26th and Saturday 28th November, 2015.

Beneficiaries

Male

Female

Total

Total Adult Beneficiaries

193

266

479

Total Children Beneficiaries

98

85

163

Gross Total

291

351

642

Services Provided

1.    General Medical care
2.    Eye Care
3.    Child Healthcare
4.    Maternal care (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
5.    Medical laboratory (Diagnostic)
6.    Drugs dispensing for the ailments diagnosed

General Medicine
Common ailments treated include anxiety, insomnia, malaria, hypertension, high sugar level/ diabetes mellitus, Diabetes foot, Parkinson disease (affecting elderly), dermatitis (skin infection), spondylosis (joint pain affecting elderly), Arthritis, hyena (due to the nature of their occupation), poor sleep, difficulty in urination, Pelvic Ulcer Disease (PUD) common among the people in Erua community. This might be due to indiscriminate use of pain reliever always sold by a drug hawker who always visits the community during their market day. 

There was also a case of Tuberculosis treatment for a patient who previously defaulted and presented Multiple Drug Reaction (MDR).

Eye Care

  •    Cataract
  •    Referral for glaucoma
  •    Refractive errors (Presbyopia)
  •    Allergic conjunctivitis and few cases of bacteria conjunctivitis

Child Healthcare
Common cases treated among children include diarrhea, malaria, cough and catarrh, upper respiratory infections (URTI) and tonsillitis.   

Maternal Care (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
Common cases include ammenorhoea (women of RH age not seeing their menstruation again), infertility, vaginal discharges due to candidiasis and malaria during pregnancy.

Pharmacy

  •    Medical personnel noted that necessary drugs were provided during the outreach. Nurses dispensed the drugs effectively according to the prescription given during the outreach.
  •    However, qualified pharmacists should be part of the healthcare personnel during the subsequent outreaches
  •    Provision of anti-asthmatic drugs and Inhalers
  •    Vitamin B complex tablets and syrups

Laboratory
Achievements include detection of high sugar blood level without previous knowledge among adult beneficiaries. Future laboratory services should provide:

  •    PCV machine - battery
  •    Haematophy (Light)
  •    Genotype machine
  •    Random blood sugar (RBS)/ Routine Blood Sugar for blood sugar
  •    More digital thermometer

Report of LAPO Community Health Outreach in Four Communities across Uhunmwode and Ovia North East Local Government Areas of Edo State in 2016

Highlights

LGA/State

Place

Start Date

End Date

Uhunmwode LGA, Edo State

Primary Health Centre, Erua

Wednesday 12th October, 2016  

Thursday, 13th October, 2016

Uhunmwode LGA, Edo State

Primary Health Centre Ugoneki

Friday, 14th October, 2016

Saturday 5th Nov. 2016

Ovia North East LGA

Primary Health Centre Utese

Wednesday 2nd November, 2016

Thursday, 3rd November, 2016

Ovia North East LGA

Primary Health Centre Iguiye

Friday, 4th October, 2016

Saturday 5th Nov. 2016

The health outreach, an initiative of Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) was flagged off at the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) with a ceremony attended by the Executive Council members of the LGAs. The PHC Coordinators in the two LGAs, key personnel of the councils, traditional rulers, community elders, members and target beneficiaries across the cluster communities were also in attendance. The LGA Health Educators in the two LGAs used the opportunity to sensitise community members on the prevention of common ailments in their area.

The Executive Director of LAPO, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo gave the opening remarks at Erua community on behalf of the Founder, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe while Dr. David Osifo did so at Utese community. Thereafter, the medical team embarked on the free medical treatment and administration of drugs on the community members who came in large numbers.

Services Provided
Services provided during the health outreaches in the communities include medical care for the elderly; eye care; child care; maternal care (Obstetrics and Gynaecology); general medical care for common ailments like body/ joint pain, malaria, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. Dentists and ENT doctors were also on ground.

Also, minor operations of open wounds for children and adults were carried out. There were Trial lens boxes for screening patients for appropriate glasses and Snellen-s chart for reading tests. 240 pairs of Glasses of different power for refractive errors were provided freely to beneficiaries.

Medical laboratory and pharmacy sections provided testing and drugs dispensing services respectively. Individuals (adult & children) requiring major operations (such as eye cataract, fibroid, diabetic sore or skin grafting cancer) were referred to UBTH for further medical attention.