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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.
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.