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.
Ladies and gentlemen! Introducing Molos first ever Zumba Party! A one, and a two, and a three...Can you feel the HEAT!? Finally! Team Molos launched the barangay's first ever Zumba Dance. This project was specially conceptualized, for the purpose of promoting healthy body and to render a fun activity for the hypertensive patients in Molos. All I can say, is that this activity is a big success for our group. Aside from the fun it brought to the people, it even gave our group the opportunity to do Zumba ourselves. And whew! None of my stored fats were spared. Anyways, for those who are still looking forward for another session of our Zumba Party, I am proud to tell you in advance that we will continue this activity once a week starting August 2017. So look forward for it coz everybody is invited to bask in this sweaty festivity.
In the effort to spread awareness on hypertension, we conducted purok to purok awareness campaigns with the theme "Kasing-kasing ampingan arun Kalawasan Maayo ang Kahimtang" from November 22-24, 2016. We gave out pretests and posttests as well as pamphlets to the residents that attended. There were a total of 60 attendees who listened a ecture on hypertension, its risk factors, symptoms, complications and ways to prevent or control hypertension.
"Basura kid!" is a proof that medical students are indeed versatile. A variety of creativity, childishness and camaraderie, it was a view to see how much we have grown from our old selves yet still carry a child inside of us, i think thats the main ingredient as to why we were successful for this activity. We were all basically just playing and relating our knowledge to the pupils of Molos Elementary School at the same time. The children enjoyed the puppet show and we also enjoyed it too, it was past a decade since we were by age and figuratively young, and seeing it successful, even if there were a little tweaking that we had to do, it was overall smooth flowing and we hope we made it a little fun because we translated the script to the Bisayan Language, some parts were mispronounced and the team actually had to put in extra effort to understand the script and effectively relate it to the children. It was undoubtedly FUN, to the the puppet show and of course be with the kids.
The group conducted a general assembly in the Molos Barangay Session Hall to present to the people of the Barangay Molos the current status and laboratory results of their water source as well as present to them the status of the Barangay’s Ecological Solid Waste Management. These issues were raised from the first general assembly and this was the time to present to the people the results of the data gathered and the corresponding plan of action. The group was graced with the presence of the Municipal Sanitary Inspector, Mr. Diosdado Saladaga, who shared and discussed on both Water Sanitation and Potability, Ecological Solid Waste Management and the types of wastes, as well as Toilet and Sanitation.
The group conducted a pre-test and a post-test to assess and evaluate their current knowledge regarding Water Sanitation and Potability and Ecological Solid Waste Management, and to test what they’ve learned or if their knowledge were improved after the lecture. Both the pre and posttests contain the same 5-items for Ecological Solid Waste Management and 7-items for Water Sanitation. The group also distributed informational pamphlets which contain the summary of the topics discussed for Water Sanitation and Potability and Ecological Solid Waste Management.
After the assembly, food were distributed and some photo ops. Results of pre and posttest came out to be improved. With this, the group is hopeful and is looking forward to working with the Municipal Sanitary Inspector in helping our Barangay Molos to more forward to having a safer drinking water and healthier, clean, and green environment.
Another exposure has come which gives the 8 medical students another chance to change the lives of the community people through their anticipatory guidance and interventions to improve overall health. Hypertension has always been a problem in barangay and plans were made to address the concern. One significant activity that was done during the November 2016 exposure was the distribution of 3 BP apparatuses that were acquired with to the help and funding of Unilab. It was really exciting knowing that people in the community would have their own BP apparatuses in BP stations that would aid in monitoring and diagnosing patients. Another activity was refresher course for the BHWs. During the previous exposures, BHWs have been properly trained in blood pressure taking. During this exposure, it is just proper that those BHWs who underwent training on BP taking should undergo a refresher course to refresh and enhance their knowledge, attitude and skills on proper BP taking. For the acquired BP apps to be used effectively and with great accuracy, a refresher course would indeed be a significant step. The role of the trained BHWs in monitoring and checking of BP is vital, because the medical students are not always present and will not be assigned in the community forever. That is why proper training and refresher course on BHWs along with distribution of BP apps would greatly impact the health of the community.
On Nov 17th of 2016, a mothers’ class was held in Molos Covered Courts. The event was attended by 66 participants of which 16 of them are from Molos. It comprised of topics on breastfeeding: proper latching, benefits of breastfeeding and common misconceptions in breastfeeding and immunization. Mrs. Percy Dayrit Damuag, an ADZU SOM student, was the speaker for breastfeeding. The mothers were really able to relate with her as she, too is also a mother herself. Ms Love Joy Tablac, a BHW in Tampilisan RHU, talked about immunization. The mothers were given information on which immunizations are available for their child and when they are given. At the end of the lecture, a pretest and posttest were given to the participants in which there was a significant improvement in their scores. Also, prizes were given to random participants as chosen by draw lots. In the end, the event was a success. It was all thanks to the help and support of the local barangay and BHWs.
Every project in the community will be succesful when relationship between local government unit and medical students are tied. Last November 14, 2016 we had our courtesy call and meeting with the Barangay Officials of Barangay Molos, Tampilisan Zamboanga del Norte. Everyone greated us with a warm welcome and glad that we are back at the community. A little chat, a little laugh, and a little smile, made the conversation worthwhile before we get down to the business of presenting our projects to them. In the meeting we presented to the OFficials our plans regarding to the implementation of our projects, and ask them for their cooperation and help.We presented to them that we were planning to have community assembly for lecture about solid waste management and water purification methods. We did also asked for their permission to conduct a hataw zumba party that were open to everyone. Our project on hypertension where we need to increase the awareness of everyone require us to go purok by purok every barangay officials were assigned to help us. With their hand wide open they welcome our ideas and schedule every dates that we are going to implement our projects. It was indeed a successful duty with the officials and a strong bond between us that keeps the work moving.
In view of a healthy community, one of the common yet unrecognized problems in the community is toilet sanitation. As long as there is a place to excrete their wastes, people would often disregard the need to have sustained toilet sanitation.
During the house-to-house interview, the group had the chance to inspect toilets of each household. The result showed that some of the households have their own toilets; others share with other families while a few would just dig holes on the ground and cover the dirt with soil. Some have toilet bowls while others none. A few has septic tanks whereas most has none. Others use soap and water for cleansing but there are still few who only use water.
Though community people do not perceive this as a major health problem, it is still a major, major health problem because of the Domino Effect it may bring. Problem in toilet sanitation provides access to water pollution that may affect drinking source of the community. Soon after, infected water will be a cause to different gastrointestinal diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.
For this, the ADZU-SOM students in Barangay Molos decided to put an action to this dilemma. It may not be evident at present but clearly, this may impose threat to the community and the community people. Together with the community people, problem will be able to addressed and sustained.