Lang Son is a mountainous province located in Northeast Vietnam, about 154km from Hanoi. Here, GROUND Vietnam has successfully designed and operated some health care programs in some local clinics. These programs invite students to deepen their knowledge and training in global nursing practices. Students will have chances to expand their expertise in local clinics, public through shadowing local health professionals at work and understand more about the health system in Vietnam.
In the program, the group will stay at the homestay, eat the Vietnamese food and live like a local. Each day, they will walk to the local clinic through the rice paddy fields and the local pathway as a morning exercise to breathe the fresh air and be ready for an energetic working day. The group will have chances to observe the activities at work of nurses to know how to put the theory they’ve learnt at university into practice and interact with patients. Besides, they will be able to assist nurses with some work which they are qualified to do under the supervision, including measuring blood pressure and taking patients’ temperature, and so on. Sometimes, the local clinic organized some health care days, such as “Vaccination Day” for babies, which is very useful for the group to practice and deepen their knowledge and understanding.
Apart from working at the clinic every day, the group will also do home-visit health check-up for patients in remote areas who are rarely able to access local clinics because they live far away from local clinics, deep inside the valley. It may take them half a day or even a day to reach the clinic.
Furthermore, the group will also educate students at schools remotely about dental health care and present students some small gifts. In remote areas, parents’ income is meagre. Basic meals and tuition fees are even more than what they can afford. Therefore, they are not aware of their children’s dental health and also can not afford to do it. It’s significant when the group can raise students’ awareness of taking care of their teeth and educate them on how to do it well and present them some toothbrushes and toothpaste.
To be able to do home-visit health check-up and dental health education, the group will need to trek through the mountain to reach those places. It’s also a good chance for them to do trekking activity and explore Dong Lam meadow, which is spacious and breath-taking.
Moreover, the group will have the opportunities to experience some cultural activities with local people such as planting rice, watching traditional music performances and dancing the bamboo-dancing, which are extremely fun.
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