This past summer, Eunice Akosa Foundation undertook their first medical mission to bring access to care to Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria. Uruagu is one of four villages that make up the City of Nnewi in the southeastern part of Nigeria. The city of Nnewi is the second largest city in the Anambra state and known for its motor spare parts businesses.
The mission participants included volunteers from the US, Canada and Italy. The team comprised of: three physicians, five head nurses, 10 registered nurses, a licensed social worker, a dietitian, five medical records staff, a pre-med college student, a journalist, a college student, a high school student, a youth corps volunteer and one information technology specialist.
The team served 250 patients; each was screened for hypertension, diabetes, hyperglycemia, and weight problems. Additionally, the registered nurses completed bio metric screenings on each patient. This screening included measuring the patients’ blood pressure, body mass index, glucose, and lipid profile. The measurements were then entered into the foundation’s Eunic-ePHR portal which was powered by HealthEC. The patients were then given a hard copy of their bio metric results for their own awareness. Any patient with an abnormal result was counseled and referred to specific local providers who already had access to the provider portal. This allowed the provider to view the bio metric result when the patient went in to see them.
The health kits donated to this cause by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation was a major catalyst in the success of this visit.