Sri Lanka: Yayawatta Clinic First Quarter Report
The Real Medicine Yayawatta Clinic is a community based project that is sponsored by The Real Medicine Foundation and managed by Mrs. Stephney Minerva Fernando, Project Coordinator for RMF in Sri Lanka with guidance and service support by Dr.Chamal Sanjeewa, special Medical Consultant to RMF.
The Real Medicine Clinic has been providing medical assistance since Oct.2006. With no resources to hire private transportation and no access to public transport, the clinic provides the only locally based medical care within the community, easily accessible and within walking distance of most villages and beneficiaries.
The clinic operates to serve individuals and families affected by the tsunami and provides them with direct medical support and care, psycho-social support, and livelihood support. Individuals utilizing clinic services are primarily displaced individuals from coastal areas who formerly relied on fishing activities as their primary source of income.
This project serves 2 sets of beneficiaries, direct and indirect. Members of the Yayawatta fishing community are direct benificiaries, utilizing clinic services, while residents of Kadurupokuna, Palapotha & Seenimodara are indirect beneficiaries. Humanitarian activities are provided equally to all beneficiaries. Elderly men and women in these areas have the opportunity to access the clinic easily for any health issues. The clinic and other support helped them to access further investigations of their prolonged illnesses.
First Quarter 2011 Reporting Period:
The clinic is open 10 days each month and for the first quarter of 2011, it saw an average of 20 patients per day. There were a total of 30 new patients seen during this quarter.
Mrs. Seelawathie is a regular patient at our clinic and is from one of the surrounding villages, Palapotha. She is 68 years old and has come to the clinic frequently in the past for the treatment of her chronic asthma. On her last visit, our physician decided to refer her to the main hospital in Tangalle for further diagnostics. The medical staff at the hospital took chest X-rays and diagnosed pneumonia in addition to her chronic asthma. She was admitted for inpatient treatment, receives intravenous antibiotics, and is now recovering.