Our first clinic day for our Mercy Medical Team in Tanzania went well. On our way to the clinic site in Kahe, we picked up the the personnel from the district medical office who are working with us this week. Many of them have worked on MMTs before and are familiar with the flow and treatment plan. These personnel include doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacy personnel, and clinical health volunteers. Many of the Tanzanian healthcare workers are paired with our MMT members to serve as interpreters and guides for healthcare in Tanzania.
The clinic this week is being held in Kahe, the same town where our team worshipped yesterday. The clinic is being hosted within the local school building. Two of the LCEA pastors grew up in Kahe and know the head teacher at the school from their childhood. He has graciously allowed us to use the building this week. The school grounds really allow us to spread out, create an efficient clinic flow, and allow patients to wait in the shade.
Pastor Charles and Lucas in evangelism
Kristal and Nelly in vital signs
Kay and Teddy in nursing triage
Laura & Mary and Kimberly & Magreth in nursing triage
Dr. Cliff seeing a patient
Kristin and Sarah demonstrating body mechanics
Shara and Susan running the pharmacy
Vicki counting and packaging pills in pharmacy
This year new safety precautions have been implemented to ensure our clinics only provide help and not harm. The goal is to spend quality time with each patient providing safe care. The medical record forms have been updated to include many more assessment items and even patient education. We are ensuring patients are able to follow-up with a local clinic prior to beginning them on medications for a chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure. There are three main goals of the MMTs: (1) to connect patients to their local church, (2) to connect patients to their local health care workers, and (3) to provide physical and spiritual care. Throughout our first clinic day, we were able to meet these goals.