Thursday, January 01, 2015

Medical Evaluations for the Kimini Primary School Children

We recently had a wonderful visit from a medical team from Ouagadougou. Two ex-pat doctors, Dr Peter and Dr Caroline, one Burkinabe nurse, one French intern nursing student, and a Burkinabe support person made the trip to Kimini to do medical evaluations on each of the 215 children in our primary school. 
Dr Peter - checking eyes, ears, and throat

The work was organized into an administration room and a consultation room and the team worked nearly non-stop from 9 AM to 4 PM for two days. 

The evaluation for each child included weighing and measuring, an eye test, a urine test, and then a visit with the doctor where their ears and throat were checked, lungs and heart were checked, as well as a routine abdominal check. A team of 5 translators from Kimini worked to support the team and two local ladies made delicious meals for us.

Many of the children tested positive for malaria and various other parasite issues in the stomach and intestines. Many of the children needed their ears flushed out and the nurse was available to take care of these children. If the children were sick they received the necessary medications and each child went home with a new toothbrush and toothpaste.

Dr Carolyn - testing a child for malaria
Each child's information was documented and will be stored in Dr Peter's database. This documentation will be used as a starting point next year for when the team returns.