Mkoba 4 Polyclinic, close to our Antelope Park project site in Gweru, delivers essential frontline services to a catchment area of 47,000 people, with just 36 staff. Our project staff and volunteers provide assistance by undertaking routine tasks, such as counting pills, weighing babies, helping on home visits, cleaning, and recording basic medical information, thereby freeing the Clinic’s specialised staff to concentrate on frontline healthcare.
Over two days in February, we assisted one of the Clinic’s outreach programmes. Over 1,600 children aged three to eight years at local pre and primary schools were assessed for skin-diseases, eye-sight problems, and dental health (i.e. gingivitis or rotten teeth).
Back at the Clinic itself, volunteers were kept very busy in the maternity ward assisting with births, and weighing and measuring babies to record their progress on monitoring cards. We also assisted with home visits for baby monitoring. With many Clinic staff engaged with the outreach programme, those that remained were overstretched and were grateful for the volunteers’ assistance in undertaking basic observation tasks (checking and recording temperature, blood pressure and weight before the patient is attended to by a doctor), allowing them to focus on diagnosis and treatment.
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