March - April 2016: High blood or Anemic?

Hypertension, the most famous health deficit among adults. But are we really knowledgeable about it? During our stay in the Barangay Venus, we had our 2 week long schedule of house to house visit. We asked lots of questions to them. Targeting every possible health or community problems they are experiencing. We included weighing and measuring the height of children 5 years and below. We also took the blood pressure of individuals who are at risk for hypertension. Because of the house to house visits we discovered that plenty of the community people are hypertensive and most of them does not know that they are hypertensive. Their concept of having high blood pressure versus being anemic needs some supplemental health teachings. So during the house to house visit, when someone would mention that they're not high blood because they are anemic, we would immediately explain the difference.

The house to house visit gave us a clear picture of what interventions should we give for hypertensive individuals who are not yet clinically diagnosed by a doctor. We allotted three consecutive days to monitor the blood pressure of vulnerable individuals. We were able to diagnosed 95 individuals who are hypertensive using the JNC standards. 72 out of 95 individuals are categorized as hypertensive stage 1 and 2. After that we submitted their names with their blood pressure reading to the Chief of Hospital of Sergio Osmeña District Hospital, Dr. Bael. She advised that the identified individuals should visit the hospital to have them checked up. We still have lots of intervention waiting to be planned and implemented for the community people. We are hoping that by the next exposure, we will be well equipped to help them. What we did regarding the hypertensive individuals is just the beginning. We will continue to pursue our dream of building a better Barangay Venus. So are you high blood or anemic?

 

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We are nine (9) passionate, dedicated and goal-oriented medical students with diverse personalities who came together to achieve one goal. We are an all-scholar group with the intention to serve God and His people. For the next four years in the medical school, we have a vision to help the people in the community to become self-reliant. Through community participation and cooperation, everything can be achieved. We choose to serve the community. We choose to serve Venus. | web counter hits