On September 26, 2017, the team invited Ms. Rowena E. Garsula, the Nutrition Coordinator of the Municipal Agriculture to give a lecture on Pinggang Pinoy Food Guide. The lecture aimed to guide hypertensive individuals of Barangay Molos to prepare nutritionally balanced meals as part of lifestyle modification practices that will help in better control of blood pressure. The discussion revolved around the different food groups and the amount needed from each group in order to create a healthy and balanced diet. Food guide charts were also distributed to those who attended. The 10 Kumainments (Lagsik ug lig-on nga kinabuhi) were also introduced as guiding principles for healthy eating.
A Hypertensive Clinic followed to cater to the enrolled hypertensive individuals who stopped taking their medications. Nine previously diagnosed individuals were re-enrolled and given anti-hypertensive medication after the clinic. The other hypertensive individuals who attended had their blood pressure checked and encouraged to continue to take their medications daily.
In line with Team Molos community health plan on toilet sanitation by implementing CLTS a purok to purok survey was done last October 3, 4, and 5. The goal of the said activity was to identify households without toilet. Team Molos together with Barangay Kagawad on health Mrs. Cowak first conducted house to house survey in purok 6 & 4, 27 & 20 households have toilet respectively while 10 do not have toilet in purok 6. Next purok 1,2,&5, 58 households have toilet while 9 do not have toilet. Along with the survey on toilet, we also check on water purification and patients with DM. Survey was been successful and resourceful for the progression of the program on toilet.
ZUMBA Dance in Barangay Molos has been the most awaited activity of the hypertensive club members and even those who belong outside the club ranging from seniors to as young as gradeschoolers. This weekend activity surely attracts every age and gender for it’s contagiously energizing and fat burning dances.
The sessions were spearheaded by the Bantay Presyon project heads together with the entire team. Lead Dancer Ms. Rachil Ami, with her preparation and continuous practice, now confidently leads every ZUMBA session. Launched as a project of the Bantay Presyon project of Team Molos last November 2016, ZUMBA Dance is an exercise fitness program that aims to promote an active and healthy body by dancing to fast, upbeat and energetic music and fun aerobic movements.
Zumba is a form of work-out that incorporates latin dance rhythyms and help in toning different parts of the body such as the abs, thighs, ars, and other muscles throughout the body. Aside from it being a fun work-out, it’s also a form of social dance party.
More and more join the weekly dance sessions. We can’t blame them because we in the team know how contagious and addicting it is! We can’t help but be ecstatic whenever it’s Saturday. Because Saturday is ZUMBA day!
During the August to October exposure of Team Molos, gardening was one of the priority projects of their malnutrition health plan. Establishing a communal garden along with advocating backyard gardening to the residents of the barangay was a strategy which aims to address the problem in malnutrition by providing additional source of nutritional food to the under 5 population. It was a long process, from proposing of a communal garden to conducting a gardening seminar to the community people then the actual clean-up mission and procurement of seeds and organic fertilizer. It was tiring but worth it!
Among the many activities of the group, one notable project was the clean-up drive of the communal garden. After being given the site for the communal garden the group immediately went for ocular survey, and then while the group was at the site, the group almost lost hope. There was really a long way to go, a lot of trees to put down and a lot of herbs and overgrown grass to cut down. There was indeed negativity among each one. Hence, given the situation, the group requested for assistance from the community and a clean-up drive was scheduled.
On the morning of scheduled day, there was fear and anxiety because the group really did not have an idea whether enough people will come to help. Then there it was, a lot of people came, it was like flood water coming down from the mountains flooding the area with people. It was a wonderful sight, all those people helping each with one goal and that is to clean the garden. Experiencing bayanihan was breathtaking thing. It made us realize nothing is impossible if everybody is working together and helping each other.
“Are you having a cough for about two weeks now? Is it accompanied by night sweats, bloody sputum and/or weight loss? Have yourself checked because you might have Tuberculosis!” This spiel is the usual spiel of medical professionals with regards to Tuberculosis. As medical professionals, we have heard this quite a thousand times before. During our clerkship duties, we have diagnosed patients using these symptoms and often times we were right. These spiel has been part of our life as medical professionals who are practicing in the Philippines. We got so used to it to the point that it became boring to us. Uninteresting. And so this topic totally came out of our mind.
Last week, we gave a lecture on Tuberculosis during the TB awareness program held by the barangay. This activity was not through our own initiative. About a week before, Ms. Maria Angela Padilla, The municipal link on 4Ps, asked for our help to give a short lecture on Tuberculosis is to the Barangay of Molos. “TB again?!” was in our minds, but we kept is to ourselves. We simply accepted the offer and completely forgot about it. We don’t want to sound arrogant but I think we have enough experience during our clerkship days and so we don’t need much preparation. To cut the story short, indeed we did no preparation for it. We actually just borrowed the PowerPoint presentation of the Nurse Deployment Program (NDP) in the Rural Health Unit (RHU). We gave our… well… their (NDP) presentation. As we presented the lecture on TB, we noted the looks of the people. These were looks of interests. Looks of revelations. And then it struck us. These words that we are saying, these repetitive words. These spiel. These meaningless, senseless and most of all, repetitive words to us meant a lot to these people. For the first time in their lives they have appreciated what Tuberculosis is. What was cliché to us was valuable information to them.
Reflecting on our experience on that day made us realize that that day was just an example of the rest of our lives. We have been studying for about 3 years about physiology and pathophysiology. We have accessed, gained and kept knowledge. Only few of the population of the world have such knowledge. We even thought of ourselves as few of the elites. All these times we thought that we were keeping knowledge for ourselves but that experienced made us realize that we were accessing these knowledge so that we can share it others who cannot.
October 9, 2017 marks the Senior Citizen Day in barangay Molos. We took advantage of the occasion to at least have a lecture to the senior citizens in the barangay and so we talked to ‘Nay Sulping, the Senior Citizen President and asked if we can conduct a short lecture regarding diabetes which she willingly said yes to. Every opportunity that we can take to teach anything about health to the community, we will take it. This is not for the sake of accomplishment reports but for the sake of our mission as a doctor. Your role as a doctor is not to cure illnesses, although that is part of it but, your primary role as a doctor is to teach. Ever wondered why teachers who pursued further knowledge and get a degree of Ph.D are called doctors? Well, they are not actually doctors who prescribes medications but they are still called doctors anyways. That’s because they have achieved the highest degree in the field of education. The same would apply to our field. We are not called doctors of medicine if we have not achieved the highest degree in the field of medicine. May it be doctor of education or doctor of medicine, our role as individuals who have reached the highest degree is the same – to pass on the knowledge. For what is to learn without passing-on the knowledge.