As The Lake Clinic rounds out the fourth quarter and begins to enter into 2020, we’d like to share with you about the services we provided to the people living on the Tonle Sap in the final months of 2019.
From September to November, The Lake Clinic serviced 2,349 clinical patients and made 3,847 diagnoses. 2,355 people received Health Education and 642 villagers had a midwife come to their home and teach them Outreach Education.
In total, TLC delivered 8,250 services in just 3 months. These services range from providing care to someone recovering from Tuberculosis to teaching first time expectant mothers how to care for an infant and breast feeding.
In the attached document you can find a chart illustrating all of the care TLC has given across the eight villages we were able to travel to. To show you some of the work that was accomplished, here is the story of Nita, a 13 month old baby girl who lives in the village of Kscarshiros (the river clinic).
Nita was the victim of a flash burn after an aerosol can fell into the cooking fire inside of her family’s home. She suffered from superficial and first degree burns all over her body. Nita’s family had just moved to Kscarchiros and had not been to The Lake Clinic before.
During the weekly house to house visits, one of TLC’s midwives saw Nita in her home 6 days post burn. The mother had been tending to the burn by washing it with pumped river water but the child had not been taken to a doctor to have the wounds checked or debrided. The midwife tried to convince the mother to bring the child to the clinic for The Lake Clinic doctors to check her burns and treat them accordingly but the mother did not think that it was necessary as they were beginning to heal.
Once back to the clinic the midwife who found the child showed pictures to the doctors and nurses, as well as sent to the other doctors and nurses who work for The Lake Clinic. The group consensus was that the following day one of the doctors working at the river clinic that week would travel to the home of the baby and check her wounds. The next day, Dr. Phirom went with the midwife back to the home of the child. After observing her wounds, the doctor provided the mother with a burn cream and an antibiotic to treat the area on her arm that was had early stage of infection, and an liquid paracetamol to relieve some of the child’s pain. The team told the mother that if the infection got worse she needed to take Nita to the hospital immediately and that we could help arrange transportation if she needed it.
The next week, the doctors went back to check on Nita and her wounds were almost completely scabbed and no longer open and exposed. For the following month the TLC continued to check in on the baby and ensure her burns healed perfectly. For this and other stories of patients and villagers that we care for on the lake, check out the attached document to learn about the work we’re doing in Outreach.
Thank you so much for donating and investing in TLC and the lives of those who live across the Tonle Sap. We are so grateful for you.