today the first month of full activities and operation in San Fernando La Union come to and end and we want thus share with you some preliminary numbers and statistics regarding the usage of Kito-Health.
So far 330 patients have been treated in Kito-Health by Dr. Posadas and his team of highly qualified doctors and Barangay Health Workers. As Kito-Health is open 24/7, it means that we had more than 10 patients per day in the first month of operation. Of them 26 pregnant women and mothers visit the ambulatory for pre- and post-partum consultations, and 59 children have been immunized against measles, hepatitis A and B and 18 of them received the pentavalent vaccine, which is a combination of five vaccines in one: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type b (the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and otitis). Furthermore 109 patients visited Kito Unit for family planning related treatment, including bilateral tubal ligation (BTL) and contraceptive pills. This last data is very indicative of the important behavioral change that Kito is bringing into a highly religious community where traditions and religion itself often make family planning and contraception a tough challenge.