Day 3: With an early rise and breakfast at 6:30 A.M. the Rockbridge Mountain Team departed the Alfredo House at 7:30 A.M. journeying towards our first village Plan de Encima. Plan de Encima was founded in 1940 and has a population of about 230 people made up of about 60 families. The bus ride took the team approximately an hour and forty five minutes. We were greeted by crowds of anxiously awaiting villagers who immediately showed their gratitude for our arrival. The villagers helped haul the supplies off the bus and we quickly set up the treatment and triage areas. Children giggled while playing with bubbles. Boys loved having mustaches drawn on their faces, and the little girls grinned while they chose their nail color and had their nails painted.
The clinic staff started the day by seeing a variety of conditions to include epilepsy, asthma, chest pain, sore throats, headache, musculoskeletal pain, dermatitis, acid reflux, parasites, and diarrhea. There was a true cohesive multidisplinary approach to the care of each patient. A total of 223 patients were seen in total. 178 were given vitamins, 94 patients received deworming treatment, 49 received fluoride treatments, 36 were seen in the Eye Clinic and, 24 were seen in Dental. There were 23 extractions, 15 referrals, and 3 sent to the Extended Care Program.
Once the last patient of the day was seen everything was packed back up into the bus and we began our trip home to the Alfredo House where we were again met by delicious food. Once the table was cleared the team played a few rounds of the dice game Left Right Center and Exploding Kittens.