Monthly Archives: June 2017

something different 🌸

My next blog entry is somehow different from my previous blogs. I made a story that will creatively illustrate what are our goals and mission for our community service in Sinai, Sergio Osmeña. I hope you will enjoy reading it!

“Once upon a time, there were 8 student doctors namely
Manz, chai, denz, kim, zhar, jayv, aye and tine… from the city who went to a far far far away land for a mission. A mission that embodied their soul when they entered the school of love and passion, ADZU-SOM

Nobody in the village know them, all they know is thta they are the bringer of hope.

For so long the villagers are suffering from…..
– Rabies
– Hypertension
– Malnutrition
– Poor immunization
– Poor solid waste management

At first the 8 student doctors are lost and doubtful of their capabilities..

Luckily they stubbled upon a fairy god mother who lives in a cave at the back of their beloved abode. Stumb

They call her fairy mercy, for she is all giving and patient at them.

The fairy showed them around and even introduced them to the villagers.

In order to give them extra powers and happiness, Fairy mercy showed them the way to the armored shop that sells magical ukay ukay at a very cheap price.

The 8 student doctors are filled with happiness when they wear their newly washed clothes. They felt confident that they can accomplish their task and that they are very much willing to try.

Dutchess Dorothy of Sta. Maria and Dutchess Ayesha of Talon Talon love children so much that’s why they focus on giving the children a bright future by helping them maintain an ideal weight for they believe the children are the hope of the future. They conducted feedings for the young and classes for the mothers. They inspired much of the villagers that’s why they were able to recruit leaders to help them monitor the village when they will be back to the city.

To combat low immunization rate the eight students doctors joined together, reaching every ends of the village in search of an incomplete or non-immunized child. Once a poorly immunized child is found, they give them doses following the catch up immunization protocol.

The dutchess of anti-hypertension – dutchess Jayvalikka of Nuñez and dutchess Christine of Ayala fought against hypertension by showing the villagers how to do a magical dance for healthy lifestyle they call it the Zumbabalumpa. They also showed them how to measure their blood pressure by the use of a magical sphygmomanometer and showed them the importance of proper exercise and diet.

Magical creatures roam about every where in the village. Luckily Prince Aizhar of Sulu and Princess Charmaine of Sto. niño are both skilled with the ability to talk with animals. Together they emphasized the importance of keeping their cats and dogs in their respective houses and giving them boosts of anti-rabies vaccine to overcome the madness brought about by the Wizard of Rabies.

The duke of Basilan : Sulaiman and the duke of Tetuan : Denzel Erick are more concerned about the infestation of flies and pests brought about by mountains of trashes everywhere. They called their dear friend from a nearby land, a friend they called MENRO, who is a master of this issue together they’ve created MRFs and taught the villagers the importance of waste segregation to combat lies and diseases.

4 exposures had passed
So much progress has been made
This is just the beginning of a beautiful story
A beautiful story that will inspire and teach us the value of caring
A story that will last a lifetime

More adventure awaits..
To be continued”

“a simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple” – Pushkar Saraf

Did you like the story? If you do make sure to leave a comment down below, and if you don’t comment down below why. Thank you so much and God bless!

 

– missTinne 🌸

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Solid waste management and Public Health

Waste is usually sought by ordinary people as a simple problem. This misleading concept of people is one of the reasons that this problem became a major dilemma in today’s environment as well as health of the public. It becomes apparent as years passed by that improper solid waste management is a major determinant of health and progress and also one of the difficult problems to be addressed in any place. It is difficult because the solution of the problem lies in the discipline and individual’s attributes  which is very hard to change. Change must come from within. There must be willingness from oneself and from every individual of the community in order to address this problem, not merely making laws and ordinances.

How important is waste management in public health? Infectious diseases in the early history such leprosy and the recent diseases such as tuberculosis give us evidences to its importance. Prior to the discovery of medication of these infectious diseases, there was already decrease in the morbidity and mortality as the general sanitation of the community and way of living had improved. As social scientists and public health experts put into words, we don’t need a lot of antibiotic and other medications to improve the state of health of the people, we just need to improve their living condition. In any public health planning, solid waste must be included in order it to be successful and have a greater impact in the community.

Regardless of the context, managing solid waste is one of biggest challenges of the urban and rural areas of all sizes, from mega-cities to the small towns and large villages. It is almost always in the top five of the most challenging problems for city and provincial managers. It is somewhat strange that it receives so little attention compared to other urban or rural management issues. The quality of waste management services is a good indicator of a municipality’s governance. The way in which waste is produced and discarded gives us a key insight into how people live. In fact if a municipality is dirty, the local administration may be considered ineffective or its residents may be accused of littering.

Usual observation is that the municipalities spend a substantial proportion of their available recurrent budget on solid waste management. There must be a great effort from stakeholders of the community to give emphasis on this and persuade the people of authorities not to take it lightly.

Good thing in the municipality of Sergio Osmena, there is a local unit known as MENRO  to oversee the solid waste management. They are mandated to implement R.A. 9003 or also known as Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000. With the partnership of ADZU-SOM students, barangay council, MENRO and other key persons in the community, we are hopeful to address this issue appropriately and efficiently.

Back and forth? More like back and fourth.

This exposure is our 4th at Sinai, thus the title.

Lots of plans have been ironed out. Many activities were supposed to be done for this fourth exposure. However, it has been cut short to two weeks due to the martial law declaration in Mindanao after the Marawi incident.

However, it is still a joy to be back. Our stay was cut short, yes. But the memories with the people of Sinai only adds up every single time. As part of our implementation, our focus for this exposure on the Malnutrition problem on the barangay continues.

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Matters of the Heart

Hypertension is really one of the most common illness we see in our society today. But it is also one of the easiest condition to control due to its widely available maintenance medication provided by the government for free. Despite this ray of hope, there are still a lot of people, who live in barangays found in the outskirts of the region, unaware of these programs. We are fortunate enough to be the bridges that allows awareness and knowledge to spread among the villagers. Our group has pondered upon what the heart and mind can conjure within the limits of what our hands can do, to make the citizens of barangay Sinai live a healthier lifestyle. We came up with simple but influential programs to get the people on fire about matters of the heart. Now we are on our fourth community immersion and still a lot of things are yet to be done. A month is nowhere near the ideal time period to inflict and assess change in a community who has lived comfortably with diseases slowly eating them away. That part is what makes our mission a challenge. We, a mere group of 8 medical students, envisions a community of cooperative, attentive, collaborative, and instinctive residents who looks out for one another. In order to achieve that, we must take one step at a time to encourage independence amidst dependence in the community and unite them as one.

Due to unforeseen events, our plans were cut short due to a terrorist attack targeting a neighboring city. The school decided to pull us out of our respective communities and were sent home with only 2 weeks shy of the originally scheduled arrival back to our city.

Alas, these were only some of the activities we had planned for this exposure and the rest are going to be rescheduled on the next exposure, which is unfortunately before clerkship starts.

BP

Bp taking activity during the Senior Citizens’ meeting for identification and monitoring of hypertensive individuals.

health education

We conducted a health teaching on vices during the Senior citizens’ meeting as  well.
Zumba

An exercise program dubbed Galaw, Sayaw, Hataw! that features similarities with Zumba which is defined as “an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.”. We only had 3 sessions out of the 10 we intended to have for the whole month of our stay.

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We visited Dipolog to coordinate with the regional agricutural district to coordinate with the department of agriculture for the procurement of seeds for our upcoming project next exposure which is the creation of a communal garden per purok. This is in line with our aim to make herbal plants known and used depending on their purpose as well as introducing a healthier diet for children to avoid malnutrition.

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We intended to create the hypertension core group during this exposure and were halfway done when we were sent home. We post-pone our planned meetings as well as the demo on the proper way of taking blood pressure unto the next exposure.

Overall, I had fun during this exposure. I never thought two weeks could go by so fast. It was a very eventful 2 weeks for me. I even got to lead a bible study for my fellow Christian brothers and sisters assigned in the same municipality. We finally have a refrigerator. I’ve made desserts for my second family. Cooked blindly. Scored fashionable pieces at a thrift shop. Got to experience our haunted barangay hall once again. Got to eat halo-halo at the new “IT” place called Dumpy’s cafe. Crossed of things and places I really wanted to see and do in Dipolog. The list goes on and honestly I just couldn’t enumerate everything. And because I am the leader for this exposure, I am also quite sad that we didn’t get to do what we planned and prepared. But at the same time I’m glad that we got home safe and is now thousand of miles away from the war.

Here’s to looking forward for the next exposure.

c’est la vie

-Jyvlkk

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