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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

War on Worms

Once we reached the village of Kamasorie,
Kadijah, Emily, Mako and I immediately started sorting
the medications we had brought, digging out the Internal Parasite pills.
Almost everyone in the village had worms.
Sanu's sister, Amie, the village nurse, assisted us as we started their treatment right away.
Amie is responsible for the medical care for 3 villages in the area. She has very little help and even less equipment and supplies. NHA committed to assist whenever we can with whatever supplies we have. She is a remarkable, dedicated and capable woman. On this day, we gave her a large bag full of medical supplies. We are honored to be of service to her and the work she does.
One by one, we gave the treatment to those in need.
You have to make sure that they actually take the pill,
rather than selling it or giving it away - which is a common action.
Or if they may take more than the recommended dosage.
You must go beyond simply dumping the things they need with them,
you have to work it individually to make sure it is properly taken.
This what we do at NHA;
the individual touch, one to one.

I am appalled by the horrible situation with internal parasites for these people.
Everyone, all walks of life, old, young -
they all are carrying worms within them
and with no treatment being offered by medical facilities.
I am thankful we are able to obtain the medication to help those we encounter. I just wish we could do more.
Children should not die of pin worms,
especially not in this day and age.