In last night’s newscast we told you about the team of medical professionals from the Operation Medical Clinic in Florida, USA, who are currently in the country. Today, we visited them at their first clinic at San Jose/San Pablo villages in Orange Walk.


Screen_Shot_2014-08-28_at_7.59.51_PMDalila Ical – Reporting


The medical team consists of various professionals, among them a pediatrician, internist, two general practitioners and for this year the team brought with them a dermatologist.


The team began clinics early this morning and by mid-morning a large group of villagers has gathered at the San Jose Multipurpose Building to take advantage of the free services. Michelle Richard is a pharmacist on the team and spoke about their experience so for the morning.


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“How has it been going so far today?”


Michelle Richard – Pharmacist


“So far we are very busy getting to see a lot of patients, it’s a good day.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“So as a pharmacist, what are some of the diagnosis that you are seeing the biggest problems you are seeing amongst your patients?”

 

Michelle Richard – Pharmacist


“What we are seeing is a lot of skin conditions there is a treat for that and of course anti biotic for infections and then well we will have some interesting things going on today I am sure.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“So is this condition is it more common in kids or adults that are coming here?”


Michelle Richard – Pharmacist


“Really is both but I tend to see is that kids have these condition but adults have them too but they don’t go taking care of and sometimes the adults would let it go to make sure that they get take care of their children so it is very rewarding to me to be able to make sure that we take care of the mamas too.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“So but overall is it anything really serious or the conditions are not really serious what you are seeing so far.”


Michelle Richard – Pharmacist


“No not so far for today”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“But are you prepared for today to deal with more serious conditions?”


Michelle Richard – Pharmacist


“Absolutely, we have everything that we can to make sure that if we encounter any of those serious conditions we can do the best we can to help them.”


This is the sixth year that the core team has been in Belize to offer medical services. Each year though they bring along other specialists to meet the needs of the communities they visit.


Michelle Richard – Pharmacist


“We have a really good time here and that is why we come back year after year, it is rewarding for us to be able to do something that really helps care for the different communities in the country and I am grateful for the opportunity to do it.”


The team provided services to residents in both San Jose and San Pablo Villages today. The team will be in San Lazaro on Friday, and San Estevan on Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Residents in these villages and surrounding areas are welcome to visit the clinics. All services and medications are offered free of charge.

 

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