Health on Wheels Medical Camp
Father Law Home, Lami
January 13, 2018
The team from Sai Prema Foundation in Fiji commenced this year’s first Health on Wheels Medical Camp at the Father Law Home in Lami on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
In 2017, the Health on Wheels team saw more than 1,600 patients in the rural villages of Fiji and, with the continued aim of providing quality health care at the door step of the rural and underprivileged areas of Fiji, the first medical camp of 2018 was underway.
Blessed with bright sunny weather on the designated day, a small team consisting of one doctor, one dietitian, one pharmacist and a handful of volunteers made their presence felt at the Home. From experience, the team expected the general outlook of the residents to be deteriorating and that is the reason such home visits are so vital. This was evident from the long list of medications prescribed by the doctor which prompted the need to highlight the importance of proper general upkeep of the residents and their health. Some referrals were also made on that day as the medical team felt the need to refer some cases to the major hospital. Common non-communicable diseases were present and issues such as diabetes, depression, obesity were noted. This allowed the dietitian to speak in detail with the caregivers about the right diet and the importance of a balanced meal.
In addition, two “elder" youth took the opportunity and made themselves useful by planting twenty-one pawpaw trees in the Home’s backyard. The fruits from these trees could be used as nutritious deserts in the future or if in excess, could be sold to the market for a few extra dollars. Such an amazing vision and most importantly, not only did the “elder" youth say it, but also acted accordingly and dug and planted the seeds themselves. They surely inspired a few younger onlookers in the process.
It was indeed another beautiful soul fulfilling day of service!
Service to Mankind is Service to God.