MEDICAL OUTREACH AT HOTPEC ORPHANAGE, MILE 14 BUEA
As part of
the primary objective of Favour Low-cost Health care (FALCOH) Foundation, that
of taking health care to the vulnerable population, the medical team planned
and carried out free medical consultation, screening and treatment at the
HOTPEC motherless home in mile 14, Buea on Saturday 08th July 2017.
The team of
seven (07) health personnel (03 medical doctors, 01 lab technician, 02 nurses
and 01 pharmacy attendant) arrived the premises of the orphanage at 09:00.
Following reception by the orphanage administration and introduction of the
team to the host by the team leader, the orphans and other orphanage workers
were assembled at the conference hall. During the session with the latter, the
team leader introduced the mission of the FALCOH team, handed over gifts (rice,
groundnut oil, treated bednets etc) and began receiving the beneficiaries for
A total of
60 persons, among which children and adults, were consulted by the doctors. The
former were also investigated for malaria (RDT), Typhoid fever (WIDAL
serology), HIV, Syphilis (TPHA), Hepatitis viral infection (HBsAg & HCV),
Rheumatic fever/rheumatoid arthritis (ASLO serology) and Urinary tract
infection (COMBI 11 kit). Among the beneficiaries were 15 males and 45 females.
From these, 10 of them were aged 0 – 5 years, 22 (5 – 15 years), 11 (15 – 25
years), 10 (25 – 35 years) and 07 (>35 years).
medical consultations and confirmation from the laboratory investigations, the
following pathologies were diagnosed and treatment administered: simple
malaria, severe malaria, acute otitis media, acute rhino-bronchitis, pneumonia,
allergic dermatitis/conjunctivitis, asymptomatic hepatitis B infection, Tinea
corporis/capitis, acute gastritis and arthritis. Besides, all the beneficiaries
were dewormed with Mebendazole 500mg tablet.
health education flyers were distributed to the beneficiaries and bills posted
on the walls of the orphanage classrooms, restaurant and residence. The team
also gave educative talk on sensitive health issues like puberty and sexuality,
HIV/AIDs, malaria, hepatitis viral infection, hygiene and nutrition.
The activities of the day ended at about 17:00 with a
word of appreciation from the administrator of the orphanage and a family
photograph comprising of the FALCOH team, orphans and orphanage personnel.