On Tuesday January 11th we learned about Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) which is a flow chart to help classify fever, diarrhoea, ear problems and cough. We went to the municipal health center to apply IMCI and we all were able to practice this on two patients. Later that day we went to Barangay Bagong Nayon, which is our community that we help out with. We assisted with their fundraiser, which was a garage sale, and the money they earn is used for future community events.
On Wednesday in the morning we served two communities Barangay Dela Paz and Barangay Bagong Nayon by providing immunizations for infants and toddlers. The six of us were split into two groups and assigned to each of the communities with our nursing buddies. The immunizations that we provided were hepatitis B, measles, oral polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus, and vitamin A. In the afternoon we went back to Barangay Bagong Nayon to help again with their carnival, assist with their raffle and provide teaching on plants native to the Philippines that have medicinal purpose if the people cannot afford medication.
Thursday morning the six of us were split up again to the two communities we were at previously and provided prenatal assessments. The skills that we were able to use were taking vital signs, measuring height, weight, and fundal height (which is the measurement of the top of the woman’s uterus to her pelvis), and Leopold’s manoeuvres which helps determines the baby’s position. Later on in the morning we went to the Barangay Bagong Nayon health center and observed the training for the Barangay Health Workers. We were an intermission act and all six of us sang our Canadian national anthem which was entertainment for the Filipino people. The afternoon consisted of the Barangay Health Workers Post-Christmas party. They had a feast for us to devour and made us karaoke for them.
On Friday we were paired up with third year nursing students and we assessed the Barangay Green Forest. We did home visits in this Barangay gathering epidemiological information to pass on to the Barangay Health Workers to do follow up work. On the weekend we were able to spend some time with the Dean from University of the East Ramon Magsaysay and make a day trip to Tagaytay. We visited the fruit and flower market which were absolutely gorgeous. All of us girls had the privilege of meeting the Dean’s sister and husband and their family. They opened their beautiful home to us and we shared an amazing home cooked meal with them and thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality and warmth.