2019 has been a busy year for our clinics. The number of patients and consultations has increased significantly, compared to the first six months of last year. It feels very good to know that we are truly making a difference in our communities.
Between our two clinics, in San Juan and San Pablo, we have provided 4,145 consultations from January to June. This is a 25% increase from the same period in 2018. Every consultation includes laboratory tests and medicine. Yaneth, our Clinic Administrator, is glad our clinics are being of help to our communities, “We are very proud to be serving more people this year, and we want to provide quality healthcare to as many as we can.”
“In ODIM we provide quality healthcare for the people in San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna at an affordable price. Patients pay a nominal fee of approximately $3. This gives them access to a medical consultation with our doctor or nurse, laboratory tests and medicine. We´ve realized that giving them access to medicine has been incredibly helpful for them, since this is usually with what they struggle the most.
We know that it is very important to include the medicine with each consultation”, Yaneth, explains, “if we just give them a prescription they are not going to buy the medicine or they are just going to buy some of it, whatever they can afford. With some treatments, like antibiotics, we can´t let them do that. That is why we make sure to give them the exact amount of medicine they need”.
People from our communities have few options to get access to medicine. The local health center will not charge them for a consultation, and they should be able to provide them the medicine they need for free. However, most of the time they have run out of supplies or they don´t have enough, “Sometimes our diabetic patients have told us that the health center gave them the medicine, but they didn´t give them enough. For example, they give them 20 pill for the whole month, and some of them need 2 or 3 pills a day. Public health centers are forced to do this because they don´t have enough for everyone, so they ration what they have”.
The other option is to go to a private doctor, but that can be very expensive and most people can´t afford it, “a private doctor will cost patients 5 times what we charge and they have to pay for their own laboratory tests and medicine. We have several patients that come from other communities, because it is cheaper for them to travel than to go to a local doctor”.
You can help us provide medication to all of our patients. Your donation can make a big difference in someone’s life. Without your collaboration, most people in our communities would probably struggle to afford the medicine they need. Donate to our Clinical Services, and help us make sure we have enough medication for the rest of the year.