Sarawak Chapter Outreach Clinic-Padawan

ProjectSarawak Chapter Outreach Clinic-Padawan
Objectives

• Provision of primary health services to target communities who have limited access to health facilities • To address the health and hygiene needs of the communities in order to reduce the occurrence of water-borne diseases • To address the dental and optical related needs of the community

Project Partners• UMW Holdings Berhad • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) • Sarawak Family Planning Unit
Activities

• Medical screening including BMI-BP-Cholesterol-Blood Glucose Test • Pap smear tests and breast check • Primary health services • Dental services • Eyesight test and provision of prescription glasses • Health & hygiene education sessions and distribute hygiene kits

LocationsKampung Kambug, Padawan, Sarawak
Period16 – 18 August 2013
Accomplishments

• Medical: 323 patients • Pap Smear: 42 women • Hygiene Kits: 200 kits

BACKGROUND

Padawan, located about 50km from Kuching, is predominantly a Bidayuh area and the people are self-subsistence farmers. Many of the villages are still not connected by roads and the people travel by foot for between half an hour to two hours through jungle trails to reach the school and main road. The nearest government health clinic is between 5km and 6km, but without transport, villagers have to walk for nearly two hours through a hilly village road to reach the clinic.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

The MERCY Malaysia outreach mission to upper Padawan took place from 16th to 18th August 2013. The outreach mission was the second to take place at the school since 2011. About 30 volunteers from MERCY Malaysia Sarawak Chapter and headquarters, UNIMAS and four staff from UMW took part in the mission. The team comprised of a mixture of doctors, dentists, nurses, lecturers and civil servants as well as private sector employees from different professional backgrounds.

A total of 323 patients ranging from newborns to the elderly were registered for screening and treatment by the medical team over a period of two days. 42 Pap smear tests were conducted and a total of 200 hygiene kits were distributed to the beneficiaries.