Total Health Center Goes Mobile
The Himalayan Institute Cameroon is bringing affordable health solutions to more and more communities every week with its new Total Health mobile unit. The mobile unit team is made up of three members: a trained Total Health consultant, a Total Health pharmacist, and a public relations specialist. Each week they drive to a new community with a van full of medicinal herbs, vitamin supplements, Neti Wash Neti Pots, New Vision reading glasses, homeopathic remedies and a host of other natural health products.
A temporary Total Health Center is set up alongside the van, complete with a private consultation room and benches for the waiting patients. The back of the van becomes the pharmacy where patients go to fill their prescriptions. Through loudspeakers, the public relations specialist announces the arrival of the Total Health Center to the people of the market place, “Attention, attention, attention! Come and receive a free health consultation from a trained Himalayan Institute Total Health Consultant.” Each time that the Total Health Center mobile unit visits a community, 100 – 200 free consultations are given.
Little by little, in each community that the mobile unit visits, a crowd begins to form. Mothers bring their children, the elderly walk over arm in arm, and many others, old and young alike, find their way to the waiting benches. For many, going to the hospital to seek medical attention is too expensive, so a mobile health center coming to their market place is a rare opportunity to seek medical help before their condition gets too serious.
The HIC’s Total Health Center believes that preventative medicine is the best way to bring affordable, sustainable healthcare to the people of Cameroon. And by putting the center on wheels, the HIC is reaching smaller, more isolated villages and is serving an ever broadening population.