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Pandaw Charity Supported Clinics in Burma Treat Record Numbers of Patients in 2014

We are delighted to report in 2014 the eight clinics in the Pagan area, supported by the Pandaw Charity treated OVER 40,000 patients, a new record.

THE CLINICS

Ayardaw clinic treats patients from the remote villages of Seit Phyu and Pakkhoku. The number of patients treated by this clinic in December was slightly lower than the year average in December due to the demands of the crop-growing season.

Oat Kyaung clinic opens one day a week; although it is difficult for patients to attend their appointments due to the erratic timetable for the ferry which they need to catch to transport them across the river.

The New Bagan clinic is open 24/7 and treats up to 70 patients per day. The most common illness treated by the clinic is ischemic heart disease, which is common amongst the communities living in these urban areas. The clinic has an ultrasound machine, but the machine often sits idle, as it requires a qualified radiologist to operate it. The cost of hiring a radiologist is about five US$ a day.

The Wet Loo clinic works with the communities living in the remote areas around Pagan and treats about 80 patients per week in December, mainly suffering from ailments associated with old age and poverty.

At the Htaung Gyi health clinic, the medics can expect to treat up to 100 patients a day. Many of the patients in this region require medical attention due to partial paralysis and old age. Most patients walk (or are helped) to the clinic from the island villages. On a good day (weather permitting) it can take over an hour to walk to the clinic.

The Palin clinic won the award for the busiest clinic. The two untiring medics would frequently treat between 150 and 200 patients who had to travel from far afield as Pakkhoku. The medics at the clinic may be required to treat patients with a broad spectrum of ailments ranging from diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.

PATIENT SERVICES

The clinics employ three doctors and ten nurses. The doctors are qualified general practitioners trained in Mandalay. In 2014, the clinics successfully diagnosed most medical conditions and referred patients who required minor surgery to one of the clinics at Ayardaw, Wetloo or Gantgar. The clinics source most of the medication required by their patients in Mandalay.

THE INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS

The Pandaw clinics are very lucky to be ably helped by several local volunteers, who unsparingly give their time to help the doctors and nurses.

DECEMBER STATS

Clinic
Gantgar
Htaung Gyi
Ayardaw
Oak kyaung
Min Nan Thu
Wet Loo
Bagan
Pallin
TOTAL
Number of Patients
328
347
882
53
99
245
543
1004
3501

OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT A CLINICS

Clients whose cruise stops in Pagan have the opportunity to visit Min Nan Thu clinic, a rewarding and heartfelt experience. We are looking at volunteering opportunities for clients who might wish to extend their cruise and work for a week or more as a volunteer in the clinics.

A BIG THANK YOU FROM PANDAW RIVER EXPEDITIONS

The team at Pandaw River Expeditions believes as a responsible operator it should put something back into the communities we visit. When it comes to finding worthwhile causes and initiatives, the Clinics are invaluable to the communities they serve. Thank you to the doctors, nurses, volunteers and Pandaw charity supporters who’s generous support makes such a big difference.

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