With such a great turnout at the clinic, we had to make seats in the street.
PMI cares deeply about providing sustainable health care in the communities in which it is involved. Today we were able to take part in celebrating the 1-year anniversary of PMI’s medical clinic in El Viejo by hosting a health fair out of the clinic itself. We even shut down the street to make room for our patient waiting area! This was the first time a PMI team offered its outreach services one of their permanent clinic sites. It currently serves under the leadership of Dr. Chico, and is equipped with several exam rooms, its own pharmacy and even a laboratory.
We were able to see 267 patients, making today one of the busiest days of the week. Although the hallways and rooms were a little crowded, our patients were able to receive one on one care in a more private setting. They also became more familiar with the location, people, and services where they will receive regular treatment. A few patients were return visits from previous clinic days this week, and our doctors provided follow-up care.
It is with mixed emotions that our last patient was seen today. Truthfully, there are many of us on the team who are the feeling the strain of 5 straight days in almost 100 degree weather treating over 1200 patients… but grateful. There is still a lot to pray over and process. The people we served were not the only ones blessed. Each of us appreciates the opportunity we’ve had to be a part of this team, to serve and care for the Nicaraguan people.
Jim Johnson and Kristina Keilson