East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic: People Helping People

In East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic everyone works together;

each person who is part of the team is important,

as each one brings something different for the children.

East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic (ECCUCC) is a clinic located in Los Barriles, B.C.S. founded by Charlene Wenger, a retired U.S. Army Nurse. Since the beginning, Charlene wanted to give back to the community, so she also founded in the year 2000 a non-profit organization whose main mission is to provide dental and medical care at no cost to all of the children under the age of 13 in the East Cape area.

They seek to help adults in the community when their situation is urgent, but their main altruistic approach are the children. They help around 1300 people per year, and approximately 70% of those are children. So far this year they have already helped 600 children.

DSC_1079Their dental clinic has been in operation for eight years, offering from dental cleanings to cavity treatments. A big part of the work of the ECCUCC is preventive, as they teach the children how to avoid an infection and why their oral health is important to prevent dental cavities, so from the beginning they donate toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children. They mainly visit elementary and junior high schools in the area, because it is on this age range when oral hygiene of the children and teenagers needs more attention. The ECCUCC team seeks to create awareness of why it is important for them to brush their teeth three times a day as well as the importance of using dental floss. Their presentations are interactive, as the children learn techniques on how to brush their teeth as well as other basic aspects such as how to wash their hands, eat healthy and nutrition in general. The children are also evaluated on their overall health and are encouraged, if they present any health or dental problem, to visit the clinic to receive treatment, especially during the summer vacations.

In July of 2013, their newest clinic was inaugurated in Los Barriles, with the purpose of providing quality medical care to remote communities near the East Cape. This clinic welcomes children from San Antonio, San Bartolo, La Ribera, Miraflores, among other communities. A clinic like this one with first class facilities, services and doctors, was a necessity for these communities.

Dr. Alexander, a resident of Los Barriles of German origin, is the volunteer doctor in charge of pediatrics in the clinic. He examines the children and shows them the fun part of going to the
doctor. He goes to the clinic on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:45am to 2:00pm and sees approximately 7 children per day.

Dr. Toledo is another important element for the clinic, as he is the one that receives the children when they come in for an emergency. On Tuesdays he does general evaluations; if the children have headaches, stomach aches, a flu, or other pains, they visit the clinic and Dr. Toledo examines them and prescribes medicine if necessary.

Zayra helps the children by showing them the clinic. She treats them with love and patience, hears their comments and answers their questions in order for the children to feel comfortable in their facilities. In East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic they seek to eliminate the fear the children have of going to the doctor by making the process fun. This is the best way to educate the children for them to have a good hygiene, eat appropriate food and be motivated to attend their periodic consultations.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are laboratory days, usually on these days people from the community attend the clinic for tests. With the help of sponsors such as the Los Barriles Rotary Club, East Cape, it was possible for the ECCUCC to start with programs for the entire population to help the treatment of diabetes, by offering free glucose and blood pressure checkups, and even providing information for its prevention.

Since the opening of this clinic, the project continues to grow in benefit of the communities in Baja Sur. Now, they are starting with programs in relation to the sight, working with an ophthalmologist that visits the clinic every other month. He evaluates the patients and, if necessary, gives them glasses.

In this clinic, patients referred from government clinics, such as IMSS, are also welcomed to perform ultrasounds, X-Rays, laboratory tests, among others.

In the last three years, the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, through their Spirit of Service program, has been financially supporting the ECCUCC. This support has been of great help as it has allowed for some special surgeries to be performed on some children of the community, in addition to supporting their non-profit operation throughout the year. Together, we are working to provide quality medical attention in B.C.S., changing the world, one child at a time!

If you live in a community near Los Barriles and are looking for medical attention for your children, the only thing you need to do is to make an appointment or sign your name in the ECCUCC list and their team will take care of the rest.

For more information visit: http://www.eastcapemedical.com/

Photo Credits: Butterfly Kissed Photography by Katja Rivas-Liebmann

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