Since ACHI began conducting medical outreach’s in 2006, we have been able to:
-Increase the number of villages they reach every year.
-Introduce a mobile laboratory.
-Build a team of medical staff that can screen about 400 people in a day.
-Introduce a maintenance program for year round treatment of those diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension.
This year with the support of organizations like Hope for the City who donated wheel chairs, walkers,clutches, canes etc. ACHI was able to put smiles on the faces of those whobenefited from them. We gave wheelchair to a man that attends our program everyyear, but due to arthritis he was unable to come this year on his own and wesent someone with a wheelchair to go and bring him to the venue. He was happyto see us and the wheelchair was left with him to assist him in moving around.Also a woman who had stroke 15 years ago and is dependent on her husband andchildren for all her activities of daily living, was given a walker which madea huge difference in her dependency. She was able to ambulate with the walker withoutsupport. Many were given four point canes for better support in place of sticksthey were using.
Thanks to Lions club Eyeglasses program for making it possible for many in the villages to enjoy reading theirbibles and other materials again. We also received donations of children’svitamins from Americare, and toothpaste and brushes from Patterson Dental thisyear.
ACHI medical team went to seven communities this year. Due to the need, theco-sponsors of three communities requested that ACHI conduct outreach in theircommunity for two days. A total of about 3461 patients were screened.
There were two outstanding cases we could not turn ourbacks on but to help find a solution to their problem. There was a widow withfive children whose husband died two years ago, she brought three of herchildren to the center at Mbano (Umugolo village) in Imo State. Duringassessment, we discovered that her 15 and 12 year old daughters have type (1) diabeteswith 450 and 290 blood sugars, and she confirmed that she is aware of thediagnosis. Due to poverty and ignorance, she resorted to treating them with “BITTERLEAF and UTAZI” ( native vegetables thatare very bitter). ACHI decided to keepthem for three days, teaching about diabetes, diet, insulin therapy and bloodglucose monitoring. Their blood glucose is currently averaging at 120 and 170respectively. The second case is a man from Umuihi in Ihitte/Uboma localgovernment of Imo State whose average blood glucose was 500, he was alsostarted on insulin, supplied with testing equipment, Insulin syringe and bothlong acting and short acting insulin. He is also doing well and feeling better.These families will continue to need our support in sustaining their treatmentand enjoy a better life. There are more people out there looking for help andsupport in managing their diabetes. We have limited resources for so manypeople.
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