Deaf and dumb school health screening camp: A pilot project
A group of doctors and other health professional from the Global Health and Community Outreach (GHCO) group of PNMF will be organizing a health screening camp at the deaf and dumb school (Bhairahawa, Rupandehi). Members of GHCO and their contacts from the nearby medical colleges (including doctors from other specialties of medicine and medical students) will be involved in this project. All the specialist doctors, interns, medical students, health care specialists and other personnel will be volunteering for this pilot project. A multidisciplinary approach to screening will be done and the school students will be provided with free health check up, and which will including the following:
- Eye check-ups will be done and spectacles will be provided to those with refractive errors. Those requiring further evaluation or surgeries will be referred as required.
- Review of their ongoing medications, if any, will be done.
- A multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment will be done, to assess for multisystem diseases that may be associated with congenital hearing impairment.
- Blood tests to rule out anemia (acquired or hereditary) will be done in all students and multivitamin supplements will be provided as necessary.
- Deworming of all students will be done.
- A proper referral system for further treatment will be sought.
An attempt will also be made to collect socio-economic survey data to shed light on the possible risk factors and various impediments and barriers (e.g. workforce shortage; health insurance status; distance and transportation; poor health literacy; or other stigma such as mental health and substance abuse).