Community Health Camp in Dhodeni
Gokul Chhyantyal July 9, 2018
Lhasso Adventure associated with The Wild Medic Project and Mother and Children Art Foundation, have collaborated in 2018 to help and conduct community health camp in the isolated area of Nepal to bring health and education. For those activities Lhasso Adventure has been organizing all the logistic part of the trip.
On 10th May I have got opportunity to lead the wild medic project through the Lhasso Adventure. There were involving thirteen crew members including a doctor from United Kingdom, a nurse and three paramedic form Austria. The group of doctors and staffs from Nepal conduct a health camp in Dhodeni of Helmbu region.
1: Sam Johnson (UK Physician doctor)
2: Tabitha Broome (Australian Paramedic)
3: Sharai Broome (Australian Paramedic)
4: Lily Mickletheait (Australian paramedic)
5: Tammy Olssen (Australian Paramedic)
6: Sristy upadhy (Nepali Physician doctor)
7: Sagar paudel (Nepali optician)
8: Sital Paudel (assistant)
9: Gokul chyantal (Nepali project coordinator)
10: Narbu Tamang (Nepali project coordinator)
11: Chitra Sunuwar (Nepali project coordinator)
12: Lal Tamang (Nepali Chef)
13: Tek Bahadur Bhandari (Nepali assistance chef)
The team organized ‘Free Community Health Camp’ in Dhodini, Helambu on May 10th 2018. Before starting the health camp, the teams were warmly welcomed by the villagers, school staffs and students. The health camp included activities such as free medication distribution as per doctor prescription, free consultation health and hygiene, eye camps, and free spectacles distribution to the needy one. Basically, people complaining Joint Pain, Eye problems, common cold and fever, Gastritis, Body ache during the camp.
Patients were clinically diagnosed, were given required medicine and counseling were done accordingly. Likewise, the team had 35 spectacles for distribution however due to the more number of eye patients the spectacles were not enough. We found many people keeping their disease with them and not visiting the hospital because of lack of awareness. Therefore, we did counseling them to visit doctor frequently. One of the highlighted part of the health camp was encountered with a boy having severe vision problem. Immediately, doctor’s team treatment him well and recommended to visit higher eye hospital in city.
Further more, we did two days of first aid training in the both village of Dodheni and Virkharka. Due to small kids and language barrier within the community we could not go in details. However, we taught basic level of Hemorrhage control, Fractures, burning and chocking. It was so fun and exited to have the possibility to interact with locals and we found more involvement and engagement in the program by the community. Due to participant’s dedication, well management and local’s support the health camp was successful. The inhabitants of the village were happy and appreciated for organizing such community health program along with an expectation of similar programs in the future too. It was my lifetime experience to have such a great opportunity to involve for volunteering in the village and really opened my eyes.
After the health camp, we did the 3 days hiking Jaharsingpauwa to Namobuddha via Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. It was a great hacking and along the walk breathtaking view of mountain and we could see the verities of vegetation. The landscape was wonderful, the people very friendly and the walls of the houses full decorated. This was my best trip and will be memorable forever