Blood Pressure Screening in Masindi with Makerere Pharmacy Students: Day 2

This in not an official U.S. Department of State (DOS) blog and the views and information presented are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the DOS.

Linda is taking the Blood Pressure of a very happy patient!

Linda is taking the Blood Pressure of a very happy patient!

Our second day in Masindi started quite early because we were going to run a Blood Pressure Screening event at a local church, All Saints Church of the Masindi-Kitara Diocese of the Church of Uganda.  Worship lasts a lot longer in Uganda than in the USA. The first service, which was led in the local dialect, Runyoro, started at 6am, but luckily we didn’t have to be there until 7:45. Then it turned out the service didn’t let out until nearly 8:30am.  Anyway, we arrived and got some tables set up and after the service was done, the crowds began lining up.

The people line up to have their Blood Pressure taken but with 4 of us participating the line moved quickly

The people line up to have their Blood Pressure taken but with 4 of us participating the line moved quickly

This was one of the churches that participated in the BP screening last fall when I was here with the Wilkes University pharmacy students so some parishioners remembered me. But many others were just getting screened for the 1st time.  Today we were only able to serve 2 services because we had to catch a bus back to Masindi but in less than 3 hours, the four of us screened 119 people.  Of these, 69% had normal BP readings but 24% had readings that could be classified as Stage 1 hypertension (>140/>90) and 7% had Stage 2 (>160/>100).  We had to refer one patient to the clinic within the next day or two to be re-checked and if still elevated, her medications would need to be adjusted.  As always, the Ugandans were very grateful for our visit and it really felt good to use our skills as pharmacists to help others. Below are some of the pictures from the event.

KarenBeth is thoroughly enjoying talking with all of the people as they come forward to get their BP taken

KarenBeth is thoroughly enjoying talking with all of the people as they come forward to get their BP taken

Edel intensely listens for the heart sounds so she can record the BP correctly

Edel intensely listens for the heart sounds so she can record the BP correctly

Sam taking a gentleman's Blood Pressure

Sam taking a gentleman’s Blood Pressure

KarenBeth taking a patient's Blood Pressure

KarenBeth taking a patient’s Blood Pressure

This is an overview of our set-up on the porch of the church

This is an overview of our set-up on the porch of the church

The BP Screening Crew: Edel, Sam, KarenBeth, Linda

The BP Screening Crew: Edel, Sam, KarenBeth, Linda

Sam and Linda play around with the kids who hung out all morning and avidly watched us- who know, maybe they are future pharmacists

Sam and Linda play around with the kids who hung out all morning and avidly watched us- who know, maybe they are future pharmacists

Edel taking a Blood Pressure

Edel taking a Blood Pressure

About kbohan

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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5 Responses to Blood Pressure Screening in Masindi with Makerere Pharmacy Students: Day 2

  1. Nikko says:

    It looks like the BP screening was a great success! And I can see my old cuff is being put to good use haha! This definitely brings back great memories and it feels like we were just there yesterday. I wish we could all be there.

    P.S. Remember to always bring your stethoscope and cuff with you in Uganda because you never know when you’re going to need it!

  2. Auggie says:

    This is a great work you are doing. Awesome! Simply awesome!

    • kbohan says:

      Hi thanks for the comment! We plan on continuing to screen people whenever we can be back in Masindi. We even take the children’s BP, not because we think they need it but to expose them to this so they aren’t afraid in the future and realize that getting your BP taken can be a regular part of keeping healthy.

      • Auggie says:

        That’s a great idea! Sometimes people just do it when they think they are sick but forget that it should be done regularly to prevent some health problems. Prevention is always better than cure. You guys are awesome!

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