Total Health Professionals:
- Martin Kabongo-Muamba, M.D.
- Catherine Konyn, NP-C
- Resident – Patricks, M.D.
Total Volunteers: 25
Total Patients Seen:
- Medical: 26
- Dental: 7
One patient came in with gall bladder problem. The patient was seen by Nurse Catherine. Unfortunately, there was nothing we can do for the patient. Most patients were seen because of arthritis, hypertension, or diabetes.
Reports, Suggestions, or Comments:
Pharmacy: The pharmacy is getting more organized. The clinic administrators are still working on the new inventory list. Half of the new medications already got updated. The pharmacy was quite busy since we had three providers. Having a Spanish speaker in the pharmacy was very helpful. They helped with informing the patients on medication directions. We need to get some more pregnancy tests. One patient needed it but we were out. We ended up going to the market across the street to get two.
Vitals: We had two volunteers at the vitals station. One was a Spanish speaker so it was helpful. There were some confusion about there to put the dental patients in the beginning but that got sorted out. Dental will call in their patients once they are ready.
Dentistry: Update from Selena: We handed out toothbrushes and toothpaste to small children and older adults. We also gave away fun workbooks related to oral hygiene! The first patient was done on a child, and it took her a while to get comfortable. Then, we saw her mother. Unfortunately, her mother had high plaque buildup. We had her teeth X-rayed in order to make a proper diagnosis. Then, we determined she would need a molar crown. Dr. Raja made a temporary molar crown for her, and so both her and her daughter took us a while to finish. When we were done with her, we saw 4 more. Upon close inspection, Dr. Raja concluded that many of them needed root canals. Unfortunately, due to lack of time, Dr. Raja performed simple clean ups and told them to seek an outside specialist because of the severity of their condition. Our last patient was an elderly man who Dr. Raja decided also needed a root canal. We managed to give him better dental treatment, though, because he was last. We performed temporary relief on his teeth to halt the decay of this ached tooth and slow the decay and infection of his tooth.
Seminars: Public Health did two presentations. One is about nutrition to the general public. The other presentation was about nutrition specifically for patients with diabetes. They had their own list of patients with diabetes and did blood glucose test and A1C test on them individually. The ones that were high were sent in to see the doctor.
Translators: We had plenty of Spanish speakers on this trip. Two of the nurses that Dr. Kobongo brought were Spanish speakers. Both the resident and Dr. Kobongo know Spanish so they did not need one.
Histories: We had two Spanish speakers taking patients’ histories. There was a good flow. We finished with taking history and vitals at 1pm.