Irene went to Budumba village to carry out a door to door visit checking out on the hygiene, pregnant women,breastfeeding mothers,and other health related issues.
Irene started from the upper section which was ok the hygiene of the different homes was good, the children were healthy though some had flue and cough, the kitchens were well smeared and the stoves were being used and well maintained.
Irene then moved to the lower section of the village where she found several homes with challenges. One of the homes is where she met a girl with high fevers sleeping in the house with no one to attend to her because the parents had left for the garden. She was weak and the place where she was sleeping was unhygienic. So Irene asked if they can send for the parents to come and take her to the hospital but they had gone far from the home. Irene asked the VHT to help take her to the hospital, informed the neighbors to let them know where they had taken the girl so that one can go join the VHT in the hospital as Irene continued with the follow up.
Irene then went to one of the homes where she met a pregnant woman who was 6 months pregnant but had not gone for the hospital visits, had an open cooking area, and the hygiene was poor. So Irene talked to her about the advantages of having a stove instead of an open cooking place,and the general hygiene of the place. Irene encouraged her to go for antenatal check ups so that she can protect herself with the prophylaxis medication provided.
Irene then continued to the other homes where she met homes with out dish racks and the mothers were saying they were destroyed by termites. Irene encouraged them to build the movable dish racks so that they can move the rack to different areas. And also to avoid leaving the utensils down for the chicken and to eat in them.
Irene further continued to other homes counseling the different members on their hygiene,replacing of the dish racks, and hand washing places near their toilets, nutrition, hospital visits for antenatal and after delivery and also informing them of the health education meetings.
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Yes, most homes have improved on their hygiene since the last home visit part from a few who need follow up.