Medical Clinic Staff Provide Outreach Services to Remote Areas in Timor-Leste
In less than a year our Medical Clinic in Timor-Leste has assisted thousands of patients and is continually increasing the services it provides.
In addition to day to day running of the clinic, staff also attend outreach clinics in remote areas.
Recently, the Philippine Embassy to Timor-Leste, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, conducted a medical mission in Venilale, Baucau. Various organizations and medical volunteers were invited to join the event, including the Order of Malta Clinic.
There were more than 400 hundred patients assisted medically, including the distribution of reading glasses and basic hygiene kit.
Although the travel time consumed a gruelling 10-hour round trip, the staff considered it well worth it after being able to provide much needed services to those who attended the event and receiving overwhelming gratitude from those they were able to help.
In June, our staff also visited the community of Ai-Pelu, in Liquica. Hosted by a female war veteran known by the name of ‘Kasian,’ the primary school where we conducted our activity was built through her own personal resources. Kasian’s initiative is highly admirable because of her selfless act of providing better education for the youth.
We conducted screening for Hypertension, Diabetes and Malnutrition among the residents of the area and the school children. There were 55 children who were screened for malnutrition and around 15 adults screened for Diabetes and Hypertension. A health teaching on handwashing was also delivered by Sr. Petronela, whose animated discussion was greatly adored by the children. Snacks and hygiene kits were distributed at the end of the teaching session.
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