Myths Proved False
“It was astonishing to find out that Wi-Fi was available free of cost at UM Trust. Furthermore, the hospital management is offering it free for students, rural health workers and communities so that they can stay connected with outside world while living in the remote area” – Mariam Mustafa
“At nursing counter patient’s vital are taken by nurse and entered into an Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Here, I saw many female patients comfortably getting their vitals measured and recorded by a male nurse. Keeping in view the culture of KP, I never expected it. I feel proud that my myth proved wrong.”- Mariam Mustafa
Mariam interviewing female patients
I have recently joined UM Healthcare Trust as a Program Coordinator and it was my very first visit to Mardan district and to UM Healthcare Trust Hospital. Like every other common Pakistani citizen, I have some built-in assumptions about the rigid culture of rural areas of KP and a charity hospitals (mostly called ghost hospitals) running at remote locations. To be honest, I was quite scared of going into a rural location in KP due to the security situation in the country and the stories I had heard from people and media.
In order to witness the reality especially with respect to healthcare in the field, I joined my team members to visit UM Trust on 14th February, 2014. During the whole journey, I thought of UM Healthcare Trust as a small typical rural primary healthcare facility but on reaching the hospital it felt as if I have jumped into completely different and advance healthcare world. Close to entrance there is a built-in Amphitheater in hospital which serves multi-purpose. Mostly training are held at this theater and at the same time it serves as the waiting area for females while male patients usually wait for their turn in lawn or waiting room .
Female patients waiting at Amphitheater at UM Trust
“ Every single person working in the hospital is a true example of empathy. They are truly committed and available for the core cause of UM Healthcare Trust Hospital.”- Mariam Mustafa
First Myth – No queue culture in rural areas
Read full story at : http://www.umtrust.org/event/myths-proved-wrong/
Disease Trend of January 2014
District Mardan, KP, is known for its hospitality, despite of the fact that most people living in the rural areas are below poverty line. Most of them earn through agriculture and yet earn less than $1 a day.
UM Health Trust is providing them basic and sustainable healthcare by providing consultancy, basic examination and medication to more than 150-200 patients daily.
In the month of January 2014, a total of 1615 patients were treated.
Among those 363 (22.47%) were male patients, 679 (42.04%) were female patients and 573 (35.47%) were children.
Most of the patients showed symptoms of encountering infectious agents due to change in climate. Poor hygiene practices and low habitual standard of living resulted in many Gastroenteritis cases.
Patients suffering from Dyspepsia were also observed with elevated digestive enzymes.
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