Dr. Cranmer from Village Volunteers with patient.
We are pleased to announce that Chisang Clinic, the focus of our “Provide Healthcare Access for Indigent Nepalese” project, officially re-opened on April 13, 2012. A special ceremony was held at the clinic in Bhawanee, with representatives of Children's Medical Aid Foundation, Chisang Service Committee, Village Volunteers, and local residents celebrating. Blessings were offered by a local priest to all the staff and volunteers.
Within two weeks more than 200 patients were seen. Some patients came from well outside the village of Bhawanee. One father walked barefoot more than an hour to have his daughter treated for an infected wound, and a 91-year-old woman walked two hours to have an abscess on her abdomen looked at.
Because of the long distances some patients are traveling to get to the clinic, we have begun making outreach visits to nearby villages to bring our services to them. As a result of our first outreach, we saw five patients and referred four new patients to the clinic. We were grateful to have been able to locate and treat an infant dangerously dehydrated due to diarrhea.
In addition to basic screening and medical care, Well Woman Care and Well Child Care are fully functional at Chisang Clinic, and an ultrasound unit is available for pregnant women who receive pre-natal checkups at the clinic.
Excited about having a clinic again in their community, local residents have already donated sand, bricks and labor to help build a clinic extension that will increase capacity for providing labor and delivery services. They only ask for $950 to cover the cost of labor and materials needed to build the roof over the extension. Construction of the extension will be overseen by the Chisang Service Committee.
As word gets out about the clinic, we expect we will be seeing as many as 30 patients per day. This is a dream come true for the rural Nepalese community we are serving. There is much more we can do as we increase collaborations with partner organizations, such as hosting eye clinics, and providing wellness screenings and HIV/AIDS education. All of this is possible thanks to your support!
Two new exam rooms.
Carol welcomes patient with her father.
Boy comforting his younger brother.
Staff and volunteers each dedicate a plant.
Clinic expansion already underway!