Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Day Working in Free Clinic

Voluntary work at free clinic from 9am - 12:30pm. Sunday is opened for Myanmar refugee to see dentist. Before 9am, they've already waited at the entrance bcoz it's limited to 30+ refugees. What an eye opener today.

Some refugees refused to queue up properly, luckily we had a kinda fierce lady doctor shouted to the refugees to control the chaotic situation. Well, some were told to leave after limit exceeded, that's why they had to come earlier. The refugees medical costs were covered under United Nations (联合国).

Not only Myanmar refugees, it's also opened to local low income people. How to determine who's eligible? Our volunteers need to do Home Visit investigation. If approved, then only allowed to register as patient here.

My role:

My role was to help patient to get the body weight & height. This is normally for first time visit patient. While measuring blood pressure is for all patients.

There isn't any auto-numbering machine. It's running a manual system that we will first put on the hand sanitizer on patients' hands, then give them Yellow numbers for Chinese medical consultant/acupuncture or White numbers for Western medical consultant:

One volunteer told that today she felt kinda bloody as she worked in the dental room.

Another volunteer was helped on phamarcy side to fulfil his dream as pharmacist while he's actually working in IT field -_-"

Some others help on registration work or helping disabled people. Some worked as GP assistant. More senior ones will walk to the patient and talk/giving cares.

Sometimes it's like 'Chicken talks to Duck' that we couldn't understand the Burmese language. Then we'll point them to read the notice below or direct them to registration counter bcoz we'd a Burmese worker.

End of the consulting hour, it's empty again. Lunch was sponsored by someone. Today had the Tom Yum fried meehoon and Yam cake ^^

Today's volunteers were from Sri Petaling branch & Setapak/Wangsa Maju branch which near to TAR college. It's in rotation basis from different branches.


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