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Day 5: COSTA RICA MISSION

August 22, 2017
Posted by: Duane Belanger

Day 5: Second day of Clinic

The team was picked up by the clinic bus at 730AM and experienced the rush traffic of San Jose while traveling to the FIMRC clinic in Alajuelita.  As the day before, the team was divided into four groups, Pharmacy, Intake, Assessment & Orphanage/Soup Kitchen.  Today the students saw more patients honing their skills at taking vitals identifying several cases of hypertension and experienced the urgency of getting an infant with breathing issues quickly through intake and to the medical practitioner for immediate treatment.  Students working in the pharmacy unpacked and inventoried the remaining supplies, many of which were obtained through the generosity of the parishioners of St. John Vianney Parish in Northern Maine.   Students who were assigned to the Orphange/Soup Kitchen traveled to the orphanage and were greeted by a room full of excited and very happy children.  They proceeded to treat dozens of students with head lice infestation followed by a careful inspection of their teachers to make sure they were free of lice.

In the afternoon students planned and developed a teaching plan geared towards children.  The teaching effort will center around maintaining healthy teeth and proper hand sanitation.    The students will present the material to the children on Wednesday.   In summary, it was another life altering experience for the students and they are eager to return to clinic tomorrow