Because of the flooded condition of the roadways, we took a truck to the village of Monbin. The people of nearby Noman also came to this clinic.
The set up was the same but here we had a larger church that had better natural light. The pastor was very helpful in getting the people there and taking care of all of our needs including providing lunch for us. Because Mombin has a road in good condition leading to the village and there is more market activity, the children and parents in this village were healthier and in better nutritional shape. Even so, they had had few government programs for vaccination. Our team saw 117 children. Most had similar respiratory illnesses, and abdominal pain or stomache ache, some had ear infections, but less major infections of the skin and less scabies. We still saw a few cases of clinical malaria.
BOD ME LIMBE
Taking advantage of a day when the school was closed, we set up an outside clinic to see the children of Bod me Limbe and the two smaller surrounding villages.
We saw about 80 children. Again the children appeared healthy and well nourished for the most part. We saw less scabies than last year and even less tinea. Everyone received vaccinations who were scheduled to. More education needs to be done in the communities prior to vaccination blitz’s regarding the purpose of the vaccines, what diseases we are preventing, and the usual side effects. If parents understand this ahead of time, it will increase the numbers of children who will get immunized and make these programs more effective. Hands up for Haiti helped by having our nurses also work with the Agent Sante’s to educate them on how to prepare parents and the community for vaccination programs.