On January 31, 2016, a group of volunteers with HERO (Humanitarian Efforts Reaching Out), a not for profit organization aiming to build sustainable communities and provide professional healthcare to people in developing countries arrived in Jiquilillo. The 30 medical volunteers spent their morning organizing materials and medical tools that they would need for the next 5 days of operating medical centres in communities of Nicaragua.
Their first day of work took place at the medical centre and container in Jiquilillo and was open to everyone from Jiquilillo, Los Zorros, and Padre Ramos. The system was set up with 6 stations – triage, doctors, eyes, physical therapy, vet service, and pharmacy. Patients would go through the triage to explain their ailments to a professional and would then be redirected to a doctor to receive a diagnosis. Many people had the opportunity to receive professional healthcare that would not be readily available to them and would be very expensive had they not had this option open up. The clinic was open for several hours and saw hundreds of faces that afternoon. Along with treatments, medicines, and eye glasses - people also received tablets to prevent them from having parasites.
For the next four days, HERO travelled to the nearby communities of Apascali, Los Laurels, Buena Vista, and Cosiguina to offer professional healthcare to patients there. Each day they served hundreds of people and made efforts to solve any issue that was brought forward. Like the first day in Jiquilillo, people received professional treatment and medication, as well as medicine for parasites. It was clear that everyone who had come through the medical centres were more than grateful. The look of relief on some of the patients when they received treatments was the perfect indication of a job well done.
Congratulations on the successful mission, HERO! There were over 500 patients that were attended to this time around and we’d like to thank everyone involved for giving their time and service to the people of this country. Nicaragua is grateful!