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What’s the Hype on Hypertension?

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Hypertension is one of the scariest conditions any person could have. First, because it is generally asymptomatic. Second, it becomes a stepping stone for other diseases. Lastly, once you have hypertension, you’ll always have it.. (may forever sa hypertension). That’s why hypertension is a big deal! It not only causes problems to your heart and blood vessels, it also causes problems to other organs like the kidney, liver and even your eyes! We should not wait for the start of complications to set in..

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..in that way, we can control and prevent co-morbidities to set in.

During our fifth community exposure in Barangay Sinai, we did a resurvey and was able to accomplish 50% of the total households. We found out that among the 159 people we checked, 117 were hypertensives. That’s roughly around 73%. The good news though is that 29% of these hypertensives are now taking medications and are allegedly, complaint. We are now working on creating or adapting an intervention that would help us monitor these hypertensives when it comes to taking their medications everyday. Although we now have 4 members in our core group, I doubt they would be able to monitor all hypertensive individuals taking medications. But aside from the medications, the members of the core group are now competent enough to detect and monitor hypertensives by taking their blood pressures.

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Logbooks were also given for each member for their corresponding purok assigned.

Pink for purok Mahogany

White for purok Kalobian

Orange for purok Mangga

Blue for purok Porungan

They were also given instructions on BP taking as well as notes on when to refer and what health teaching they could impart to hypertensives they encounter.

For the succeeding exposures, we aim to minimize uncontrolled hypertensives to 50% and I believe it’s doable since we’ll be living in the community for 10 months.

More updates soon.

Jayvalikka

 

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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.

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

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We conducted a health teaching on vices during the Senior citizens’ meeting as  well.
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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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COMMUNITY EXPOSURE 2: SECOND TIME AROUND

March 29, 2016. Courtesy call with Barangay Captain Pedro Habagat

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April 1, 2016. Courtesy call with the Barangay Officials

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April 1, 2016. Attended the graduation at Sinai Elementary school

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April 2, 2016. Initial survey at Purok Mahogany

April 2, 2016. Geomapping and surveying Purok Mahogany

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Community Profile Presentation

November 6, 2015

During the first community exposure, the team focused on secondary data gathering. Upon data collection, Barangay Sinai’s community profile was then presented to four panelists on Friday, November 6. Way to go, Medisinai! Job well-done!

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Bulletin Board Making

October 30, 2015

Just days after coming home to Zamboanga City, we face another task at hand: the making of our community bulletin board. This is a requirement every after community exposure. This aims to introduce our barangay to the readers and subsequently display the activities we conducted during the said exposure.

The team used the barangay’s foundation history as a concept for the bulletin board. Since Sinai is situated at the foot of a mountain, we created a mountain with different layers to reveal the barangay’s information.

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COMMUNITY EXPOSURE 1: OF MANY FIRSTS

September 26, 2015. Arrival at Sergio Osmeña

September 28, 2015. Arrival at Sinai

September 29, 2015. Medical mission at Tuburan

September 30, 2015. Courtesy call with Hon. Richard Magsalay

October 1, 2015. Ocular survey of Purok Kalobian and Mahogany

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