100 Years: Faculty of Medicine begins community activities in communes of the Biobío Region

With the objective that the knowledge and experience that exists in the different areas of development of the Faculty of Medicine University of Concepción and the importance of this knowledge contributing to and responding to the needs present in people from different territories, is that the academic unit established that 33 of its 100 activities framed in the 100 years be carried outstarting in April, in each of the communes of the Biobío Region.

The first meeting was held on April 12 at the Chiguayante commune and benefited patients, families and caregivers of people with Parkinson’s. Academics from the Neurology section of the Department of Specialties were in charge, Drs. Elijah Fernández Toledo, neurologist specializing in movement disorders and Parkinson’s and Dr. Paulina Meza Castro, adult neurologist. “It was a very significant activity, we did the seminar “Living with Parkinson’s” in conjunction with the group of Parkinson’s patients and the Chiguayante Health Directorate and more than 150 patients and relatives of people who suffer from this disease attended,” commented Dr. Fernández.

The Yumbel commune It was the second visited by the Faculty of Medicine. There, on April 21, the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health participated in a meeting with the community through a visit to the local radio station, Sentinel Radio where Dr. Carmen Gloria Betancur Moreno, adult psychiatrist and drug addiction specialist, addressed aspects related to the specialization programs and the communes chosen to be sponsored, under the events related to the centenary of the Faculty. These sponsorships are of great importance because she will offer activities with the community, at any level. “These supports can be prevention activities, talks, meetings to discuss issues related to mental health,” explained the academic. Furthermore, she added that this activity has been effective since she was contacted by two Yumbel establishments to carry out linking activities.

Dr. Carmen Gloria Betancur on radio Centinela de Yumbel

The third date, just last April 30, took professionals from the Family Health Specialty Program of the Department of Public Health to the commune of Los Angeleswhere academics visited the UdeC Campus located in the Province of Biobío and carried out the First Meeting of Health and Family Medicine. The activity was organized in conjunction with the Semillero Network and the Biobío Health Service.

During the day, talks by professionals, a round table and presentations were presented. “The objective is to share good practices, experiences and what each person does in their establishments and see how to improve processes. These types of instances are necessary to evolve in the future,” indicated Cristian Montero Bernales, from the Biobío Health Service.

First Meeting of Health and Family Medicine

For her part, the academic of the Family Health Program, Bárbara Sepúlveda Bustamante commented that “the objective is to be able to make visible the different practices carried out by family doctors, mainly graduates of the UdeC, and to be able to give signs of good practices implemented in the network. of health”.

Finally, in this first stage of visits, the Mulchén commune It was also one of the territories visited by academics from the Faculty of Medicine within the framework of its 100 Years. The activity called “Between pages and microscopes” was carried out on May 2 by Prof. Dr. Mario Quezada Aguiluz of the Department of Internal Medicine, who explained that it was also related to the recent commemoration of Book Day as a way to encourage the duality of reading and science in men and women. minors.

The activity generated great interest in the public.

The academic met at the Mulchén House of Culture with children and young people from 1st to 8th grade from the Blanco Encalada school with the aim of contributing to literacy, prevention, promotion and health education in basic education students. . Through brief talks on the world of microbiology and antibiotics; With a subsequent day of observing microorganisms under a microscope and in Petri dishes, the students entered the big little world of microorganisms. A small writing workshop was also held, encouraging writing on the scientific topic presented and a talk on raising awareness of the responsible use of antibiotics. “This last talk was open to the entire public, students, parents and teachers, since the girls receive information about it, they understand it, but we also need adults to become aware of the risk and harm of the indiscriminate use of antibiotics and, of course, the risks of self-medication,” commented the academic.

These communal meetings will continue throughout the year offering spaces for rapprochement between the Faculty and the community.

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