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.
ADZU SOM students; doctors for the people, doctors molded by God. Eight student doctors, one community, one heart,one goal, and one with the people. WE ARE FROM MOLOS FAMILY!
On the second week of April we started our house to house survey together with the barangay officials assigned to their designated purok. This activity was our time to witness and experience the life of the people for a moment. Our first day was filled with excitement, we woke up at 5am and started walking at 6am. But as we walked through rough roads, to rivers, to cliffs, forest we all silently wondered how far we have to go still as we walked under the heat of the sun. Some of us were full of energy but then as we progresses with our work little by little we got quieter. All of us were tired and no one wanted to talk anymore for we don't have that much energy. We reserved it for our walking battle. But the greatest achievement we all had were the relationships we built with the people we met as we conducted the survey. They welcomed us into their homes smiling and sent us off with gratitude and concern for the long walk back to our house. We would also get offered food and buko juice before they let us go our way and more often than not we went home bringing all sorts of fruits. So although it was a tiring experience, all our efforts, time, sweat, muscle aches were all worth it.
Our survey lasted for a week from 6am to 8pm just to get the chance to interview each household. We savor the moments that we had while we were yet able to. Every night we share our difficulties interviewing people using Bisiya words and laugh about it. Instead of "ma'am gakaon mo ug utan?" (Ma'am do you eat vegetables?) one of us said "ma'am gakaon mo ug butan?". We treasure the bond that we built within our group as we did our house to house survey. And we were so blessed as student doctors that we got to encounter different people of different ages and life experiences. It was a great transition of our lives. We are thankful for the school for their vision to reach people and the community to raise their selves in matter of health care. Though we had different perspective, different difficulties, different approach of building relationship at the end of the day the victory was ours.
During our community exposure, we participated in conducting papsmear in one barangay. It was my 1st time and it was a great experience. Days before the actual activity, Doc Maita gave us flashcards so we would be able to recognize a lesion when we apply the VIA (or in this case, we used Del Monte vinegar). Yes, we used the Del Monte Vinegar as VIA and applied it to the cervix. I'll never look at Del Monte vinegar the same way again. Anyway, the flashcards were a good thing because at the time of the event, it was easier for me to recognize whether there was a lesion or not. On the day of the activity, very few women signed up for papsmear. There were probably about 10 or more of my fellow medical students who were there with me. We each had one try. Majority of the women who went in were VIA negative. Lucky for me, I saw what a cervix with an actual lesion look like. (Not lucky for the girl though) I'm grateful that I've had this great learning experience. Although it was just one try, it was still a really good opportunity to learn.
October 9, 2015 Barangay Molos Senior Citizens celebrated their anniversary. Seniors' from different puroks get together to enjoy each others company, everyone bring foods may it be from root crops, native chicken, the most famous pansit of the barrios, and well pork everywhere. The program started with a prayer followed by the opening anthem lead by the barangay officials. Openin remarks was given by the president of the organization Mr. Senio. The guest speaker of the program is the municipality mayor of Tampilisan. He encourages senior citizen to continue to participate on every activity they are having, he even lead the morning walk together with barangay officials and all senior citizen, and we also participated to the walk of the old way.
We are invited of the barangay officials to witness the old time way of celebration/party. The old time way of singing, dancing, and giving poems were the exciting part of the celebration we are even requested to give our own "pasundayag" they called it. The experienced of dancing and celebrating with the old generation is quite priceless, we enjoy every beat of the old time songs, the smiles, the moves, the rhythm, the harmony of each person that time were in slow motion, every second counts for we are back to old way.
The whole activity was just like a card of senior citizens anywhere you go, everywhere you go, and all of the time you should bring it with you. You will have a discounts of happiness, a remembrance to make, a priority to set. It is a living testimony that should be engraved in the hearts' of the youth not to forsake the old ways, call it classical but it is still magical in the sense of majestic joy that they embrace.