By Eva de Weever, MSP
HAITI’S CENTRAL PLATEAU—Today three MPH students went to a rural elementary school to conduct physical exams and administer medications (Vitamin A and Albendazole) to the students. There were roughly 150-175 students ranging from age 5-12. It was great to focus on preventative medicine that could potentially protect the children from the following: malnutrition, parasitic infections and night blindness. Project Medishare strives to provide this service to school aged children at least twice a year. We had the opportunity to interact and work with three local physicians that were conducting the physical exams. The most common diagnoses were scabies, ringworm, malaria and general stomach aches.
After the physical exams and administration of Vitamin A and Albendazole, we assisted in the distribution of medications prescribed during the physical exams. This was a very lengthy process as we needed to not only hand out medications, but we also had to explain the drug regiment to the children.
Overall, the children were very receptive of our visit and it was a very rewarding and successful day!