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Family Care Clinic extends hours

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Family Care Clinic has extended its service hours to accommodate the influx of patients who sustained cuts and lacerations, and those with chronic ailments.

According to clinic manager Abbys Mitchel, they are open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Before Typhoon Yutu, the clinic opened at 8 a.m.

“I am not sure if other clinics are open. We are having an influx of patients from other clinics. They want refills [of their medication] and these patients are sometimes not our patients and we don’t know anything about them, but we still see them,” Mitchell said.

According to medical director Dr. Elizabeth Kohnen, there has been a significant rise in the number of patients with underlying chronic problems. “A lot of people lost their medicines because these got wet and so they have not been taking medicines.”

Kohnen said the condition of people with diabetes who are not taking their maintenance medicine may get worse.

“People need to keep their pills cool and dry and away from the sun.  For insulin, it is important to store it in a temperature not more than 85 degrees,” she added.

She said insulin that is not stored in the refrigerator will last for 28 days only. “They can’t use it longer than that. They have to replace it. Insulin that is stored in the fridge may last from 28 to 32 days.”

She said insulin is stored more than 28 days outside the refrigeration is not stable and less effective. “They may be injecting themselves with less effective medicine and we don’t want them taking something that does not work,” she added.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108574-family-care-clinic-extends-hours

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