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DUTY STATION     : C-Care IMC           

DEPARTMENT       : Laboratory 

POSITION             : Laboratory Technician/Laboratory Technologist          

REPORTS TO        : Laboratory Coordinator   

INTERFACES WITH : Business Manager, Team leader, customer, multidisciplinary clinical units

 

OVERALL JOB PURPOSE

To support the team leader and other lab personnel in implementing agreed action points, strategies and department objectives as will be agreed to ensure efficient running of the department and use of resources (financial or otherwise).

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND COMPETENCIES

  1. Good and demonstrable understanding of C-CARE philosophy, vision and strategy
  2. Good interpersonal and communication (verbal & written) skills
  3. Good and demonstrable professional knowledge of concepts, principles, practices, methodology including routine and rarely requested analysis.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively with the team and to apply broader objectives at team level
  5. Good health with proper vision, immunized or ready to be immunized with Hepatitis B vaccine
  6. Good organizational skills
  7. Must have a degree or diploma in Medical Lab Technology from recognized institution
  8. Must be registered by allied health professional’s council
  9. Smartness and professionalism
  10. Good and demonstrable phlebotomy skills

 

GENERAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

  • Monitor and prevent interruption of lab service provision by reagent stock outs or preventable equipment failure
  • Perform all the necessary documentation e.g. samples sent out, patient results, incidents, handovers, patient samples etc.
  • Give prompt feedback and communication to your colleagues and customers on waiting times
  • Perform daily and regular quality controls and calibrations on the machines
  • Demonstrate good customer care skills to both internal and external clients.
  • Adherence to the assigned monthly targets.
  • Prompt communication of urgent results, and delivery to the doctors

 

 

SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Carry out day-to-day operational running of the department including running of controls, proper documentation, sample collection, reporting and ensuring transportation of samples in accordance with the organizational procedures.

 

  1. Take responsibility for specific work shifts in the department as agreed with department team leader.

 

  1. Conduct routine activities including stock taking, ordering and receiving ensuring that this is documented according to agreed standards

 

  1. Identify reorder levels for all supplies of reagents, blood and ensure that adequate stocks are always maintained

 

  1. Maintain all machines in good working order by ensuring that all maintenance protocols are adhered to and that the machines are always used and cleaned properly.

 

  1. Act as the participant in department meetings.

 

  1. Support the department team leader in the provision of weekly continuing education
  2. Ensure that and monitor the completion of assigned work on shifts

 

  1. Ensure that you adhere to agreed Health & Safety, Infection Control, Waste Management and ISO/QA standards.

 

  1. Be accountable and adhere to minimum standards; which include but not limited to:

 

  1. Time and Attendance
  2. Completion of assigned work
  3. Health & Safety, Infection Control, Waste Management
  4. QA standards
  5. Navision and LIS entries

 

  1. Economise resources provided and utilized in the unit to maximise profits in the department.

 

  1. Be responsible and attend monthly team meetings ensuring 100% attendance and communicate in advance incase you are unable to attend.

 

  1. Contribute to the identification of your training needs and implement agreed training interventions, ensuring 100% attendance to all arranged departmental trainings.

 

  1. Adhere to the overall C-CARE goals and apply them in the team activities

 

  1. Communicate your recommendations for department/team improvements, complaints from customers to team leader as may be required

 

  1. Attend performance reviews as will be scheduled and follow through your action points which will be communicated.

 

CLINICAL: RESPONSBILITIES (OVER ALL)

  1. Administration
  • As a laboratory personnel you shall be responsible for administering patient care & health services
  • You shall have authority, accountability and responsibility to plan, develop, manage, coordinate and evaluate the delivery of samples and results of all patients accessing the laboratory service
  • The laboratory staff will be directly accountable for the quality of services clients receive from the department and for monitoring and maintaining appropriate standards of multi-disciplinary professional health practices in accordance with established C-CARE, and departmental standards and policy.
  • The laboratory staff shall be broadly responsible to work with diverse disciplines to promote the establishment and maintenance of a full range of patient care health services within the organization.
  • Providing consultation on health issues that relate to the department (Expert opinion) to other staff, Team Leaders, Managers, and other professionals as necessary
  • Representing the department as necessary to all appropriate committees
  • Ensuring the maintenance and completion of necessary systems of records, statistics   and client information—ISO
  • Receive all telephone calls in a friendly manner (identify your station, yourself, offer your help)
  • Receive all visitors in a friendly manner and direct them where necessary
  • Emphasis on assuring compliance with regulatory and accrediting agencies
  • Draw required samples for investigations
  • Coordinate with accounts (billing) department with regards to prices, payments of lab tests, for both internal and external clients. Ensure all cash patients’ payments are done before carrying out tests.
  • Keep patients results confidential
  • Observe the laboratory ethical code of conduct at all times.

 

Any other duties may be assigned from time to time not limited to:-

  1. a) All activities and tasks performed by a laboratory assistant
  2. b) Monitoring stock levels and receiving supplies from CPD.
  3. c)Compiling and analysis of data of clients (numbers and mode of payment)
  4. Follow up on stock levels in the unit and make orders for supplies on time.
  5. Run controls and calibration for the different machines and procedures (QA and QC)
  6. Follow up on equipment service and maintenance
  7. Follow up on samples sourced out, receipt and dispatch results to different departments.
  8. Monitor and make orders for blood.
  9. Record and monitor fridge/freezer temperatures/equipment performance.
  10. Clean work bench and dispose off expired samples and reagents as scheduled.
  11. Receive phone calls and follow up and give feedback in a professional manner.

 

 

EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY

Experience in using and maintaining microscopes, centrifuge, water bath and incubators.

Operate machines for FBC and Chemistry analysis.

 

SYSTEMS/ TECHNOLOGY

Best knowledge in computer with experience in using MS office word and excel. Expected to learn the information system technology used in C-CARE.

 

PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB

Physically fit and can work under pressure with minimum supervision. Self-motivated to perform all procedures with accuracy and precision.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT

You are expected to work at all times within the Ugandan Nurses and Midwifery council code of professional conduct and to observe safety measures as outlined in the C-Care IHK Nurses procedure Manual, which  you are required to read and refer to as necessary

You are required to adhere to the employment policies as per department guidelines and as per the Employee Handbook.

Among other performance measures as agreed within your department, you are required to align your accomplishments to the 5 pillars of the organisation; namely:

  1. PATIENT SAFETY
  2. QUALITY OF CARE
  3. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
  4. PRODUCTIVITY
  5. PROFITABILITY

 

You are required to adhere to and embody the values of the organisation; these require a commitment to creative demonstration of the values below in your day-to-day work:

 

  1. ACCOUNTABILITY for our actions
  • Committed to creative actions that have a positive impact on others
  • Proactively seeking feedback about our services, we willingly take the necessary actions for redress, where needed
  • Taking responsibility for our decisions and their outcomes, we do not shift blame, give excuses or become defensive
  • Understanding that our responses are within our control, we choose to positively respond to the circumstances around us

 

  1. DIGNITY in our service
  • Recognising the sanctity of life, we honour those we serve
  • Acknowledging that respect is earned, we have self-respect and esteem others, too
  • We recognise that everyone brings unique value to the organisation so we treat all partners with respect and dignity
  • We value the unique opinions and contributions added by others so we actively listen in our communications with one another

 

  1. COMMITMENT to excellence
  • Exceptional outcomes are a result of our focussed dedication
  • Deliberate devotion to our standards of care
  • Shared accountability for achievement of results
  • Evidence-based practice for quality care

 

  1. COMPASSION for our customers
  • Empathy for those in our care
  • Willingness to listen to others
  • Going the extra mile to meet clients’ needs
  • Responsive to the individual needs of the client, we deliver holistic care to our clients

 

  1. BUILDING HOPE in the community
  • Providing quality care to the needy
  • Investing in health interventions that have a wider social impact
  • Touching our communities through our health programs
  • Encouraging and supporting those around us

 

  1. INNOVATION in our approaches
  • Continuous improvement in our systems and practices ensures effective models for first-rate service delivery
  • Committed to life-long learning, we strive to be creative and innovative in all we do
  • Investing in modern equipment
  • We believe in the synergy inherent in partnerships and proactively seek to work with our stakeholders

 

  1. INTEGRITY in our dealings
  • Honest communication with patients and among staff
  • Fairness and self-scrutiny in everything we do
  • Maintaining confidentiality and privacy
  • Sound business practices in line with best practice

 

  1. INVESTING in people and services
  • Developing our staff through internal and external opportunities
  • Fostering an empowering and conducive working environment
  • Constantly advancing our facilities and equipment
  • Consistently scrutinizing our services and conduct

 

 


DUTY STATION     :   C-Care IMC

DEPARTMENT       :   NURSING

POSITION             :   RN /RM    

REPORTS TO        :   Nurse Team Leader, C-Care IMC Nurse Coordinator           

INTERFACES WITH:  Patients/ Clients, Practice Manager and Members of Multi-disciplinary

 

OVERALL JOB PURPOSE

  • To assist in patient care and other related duties as directed by the nurse in-charge of the shift & as appropriate for clinic settings with just one nurse.
  • He/She will work closely with other members of multi-disciplinary team to ensure delivery of holistic care to the patient

 

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Registered with the Ugandan Nurses and Midwives Council & holds current practicing licence for Nursing.
  • One year working experience as a nurse (desirable).
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent Communication skills with patients, their families and with other members of the general practice team.
  • Good interpersonal skills, and knowledge of practices, trends and principles in nursing

 

GENERAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

  1. Act always in such a manner to promote and safeguard the interest and well-being of patients and clients
  2. Wear appropriate & accepted uniform as per C-Care nurses uniform policy
  3. Perform all nursing duties in accordance with the UNMC Enrolled levels while adhering to all C-Care policies & procedures
  4. Perform routine nursing care to assigned patients, always giving a complete and thorough report on patient status at end of shift/assignment.
  5. Liaise with MDT members in patient assessment, planning, implement and evaluating care to ensure quality care.
  6. Communicating effectively to patients/clients and their relatives and friends.
  7. Role modelling excellence in practice; i.e. sharing a broad base of clinical nursing knowledge and contributing to the development and maintenance of standards of practice within C-Care IMC.
  8. Accept responsibility for own professional development and consistently seek for up to date evidence based knowledge in management of various condition.
  9. Maintenance of a safe and acceptable environment for patients and staff and taking appropriate action to ensure this.
  10. Reporting incidents/ accidents/ complaints to the nurse in charge. Be familiar with the incident report form and complete the process.
  11. Act in a supportive role to the Nurse in-charge/team leader and to accept delegated responsibilities as appropriate to the clinic setting.
  12. Health educating clients and their relatives on their medical conditions.
  13. Promoting patient privacy and dignity and respecting their culture and beliefs.
  14. Accurate recording of all interventions carried out on patient to ensure continuity of care.
  15. Operate medical equipment example oxygen administration, Neubilization, etc
  16. Safe administration of drugs following the IMC policy on drug administration

 

SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Provide direct patient care to patients admitted for observation, administering treatment as prescribed and taking vital signs.
  2. Attend to all ambulance calls as allocated
  3. Monitor patient progress and identifies any changes in status, acting on those changes to insure patient comfort and safety.
  4. Record and report symptoms and changes in patients’ conditions and vital signs
  5. Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records by documenting as per C-Care standards
  6. Provide patient teaching and families according to plan of care
  7. Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity and liaise with the dietician on any special diet need.
  8. Prepare patients for, and assist with, examinations and treatments.
  9. Direct and supervise less skilled nursing/health care personnel as appropriate.
  10. Mentor junior nurses/new nurses in the clinical area
  11. Supervise the team in the unit on shift as in the absence of a team leader as assigned
  12. Carry out daily checks on nurses performance indicators
  13. Directly work with the medical officer/Clinical officer & specialists in the clinic and ensure that patient has been reviewed and new instructions promptly followed.
  14. Prepare patients for, and assist with, examinations and treatments as required.
  15. Ensure team work and complete assigned tasks and seek for help from your seniors to ensure delivery of quality care to clients.
  16. Be punctual and manage assigned work load.
  17. Dispose waste as per the given guidelines – infection control
  18. Attend scheduled unit CMEs as per the clinic standard
  19. Effectively run the ANC & keep records as appropriate
  20. Carry out immunization & family planning services as schedule
  21. Accurately dispense prescribed drugs to clients as per C-Care IMC pharmacy guidelines

 

EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY

  • Be familiar with the safe usage and maintenance of the equipment being used in patient care
  • Carry out daily checks of equipment as assigned and ensure that faulty equipment repair procedures are followed per ISO guidelines

 

 

SYSTEMS/ TECHNOLOGY

Working use of Microsoft word, excel and the internet is an added advantage

PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB

Good cognitive, insight and good decision making in view of patient care needs

 

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT

You are expected to work at all times within the Ugandan Nurses and Midwifery council code of professional conduct and to observe safety measures as outlined in the C-Care IHK Nurses procedure Manual, which  you are required to read and refer to as necessary

You are required to adhere to the employment policies as per department guidelines and as per the Employee Handbook.

Among other performance measures as agreed within your department, you are required to align your accomplishments to the 5 pillars of the organisation; namely:

  1. PATIENT SAFETY
  2. QUALITY OF CARE
  3. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
  4. PRODUCTIVITY
  5. PROFITABILITY

 

You are required to adhere to and embody the values of the organisation; these require a commitment to creative demonstration of the values below in your day-to-day work:

 

  1. ACCOUNTABILITY for our actions
  • Committed to creative actions that have a positive impact on others
  • Proactively seeking feedback about our services, we willingly take the necessary actions for redress, where needed
  • Taking responsibility for our decisions and their outcomes, we do not shift blame, give excuses or become defensive
  • Understanding that our responses are within our control, we choose to positively respond to the circumstances around us

 

  1. DIGNITY in our service
  • Recognising the sanctity of life, we honour those we serve
  • Acknowledging that respect is earned, we have self-respect and esteem others, too
  • We recognise that everyone brings unique value to the organisation so we treat all partners with respect and dignity
  • We value the unique opinions and contributions added by others so we actively listen in our communications with one another

 

  1. COMMITMENT to excellence
  • Exceptional outcomes are a result of our focussed dedication
  • Deliberate devotion to our standards of care
  • Shared accountability for achievement of results
  • Evidence-based practice for quality care

 

  1. COMPASSION for our customers
  • Empathy for those in our care
  • Willingness to listen to others
  • Going the extra mile to meet clients’ needs
  • Responsive to the individual needs of the client, we deliver holistic care to our clients

 

  1. BUILDING HOPE in the community
  • Providing quality care to the needy
  • Investing in health interventions that have a wider social impact
  • Touching our communities through our health programs
  • Encouraging and supporting those around us

 

  1. INNOVATION in our approaches
  • Continuous improvement in our systems and practices ensures effective models for first-rate service delivery
  • Committed to life-long learning, we strive to be creative and innovative in all we do
  • Investing in modern equipment
  • We believe in the synergy inherent in partnerships and proactively seek to work with our stakeholders

 

  1. INTEGRITY in our dealings
  • Honest communication with patients and among staff
  • Fairness and self-scrutiny in everything we do
  • Maintaining confidentiality and privacy
  • Sound business practices in line with best practice

 

  1. INVESTING in people and services
  • Developing our staff through internal and external opportunities
  • Fostering an empowering and conducive working environment
  • Constantly advancing our facilities and equipment
  • Consistently scrutinizing our services and conduct

 

 


DUTY STATION     :           C-Care IMC                       

DEPARTMENT       :           CLINICAL DIRECTORATE       

POSITION             :           MEDICAL OFFICER        

REPORTS TO        :           DMS     

INTERFACES WITH:          SENIOR DOCTORS, MEDICAL PERSONEL, PATIENTS & STAFF

 

OVERALL JOB PURPOSE

To work as an in-house Medical Officer responsible for clinical care of patients in these units, wards or clinics and ensuring an efficient, effective and profitable medical service.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • A medical degree from a recognized institution, an Annual Practicing License and a Registration Certificate.
  • Registration as a medical practitioner or eligible for registration with the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Council.
  • Ability to work long hours, often under pressure.
  • Good practical skills.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Effective decision-making skills.
  • Leadership and management skills.
  • Communication skills, compassion and a good bedside manner.
  • Drive to continue learning throughout career.

 

GENERAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

  • Undertaking patient consultations and physical examinations.
  • Organising workloads.
  • Performing surgical procedures.
  • Providing general pre- and post-operative care.
  • Monitoring and administering medication.
  • Assessing and planning treatment requirements.
  • Liaising daily with staff including other doctors, non-medical management staff and healthcare professionals.
  • Writing reports and maintaining records.
  • Promoting health education.

 

SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

As a Medical Officer at C-Care IMC, you need to be a proactive, problem-solving and professional person.

 

  1. To carry out conclusive diagnoses and treatment based on comprehensive history taking and examination of the patient(s) following C-Care IMC protocols and thorough BUT appropriate investigations (e.g. lab tests/imaging, etc).
  2. To be fully conversant with the hospital and/or health centre facilities and systems including the corresponding charges/ fees
  3. To follow up on all cases, ensuring that lab tests, imaging, further consultations, etc are made and medical attention followed through.
  4. To provide OPD cover as will be required ensuring that all patients are seen without unnecessary details. It is important that you regularly check the patients’ card box to ensure that not patients are waiting
  5. To be well-versed with the medical equipment and how to use and maintain it.
  6. To liaise with external medical service providers for any information they may have regarding our patients.
  7. To liaise with specialists for proper management of patient(s) they have referred or consultations for IMC patient(s).
  8. To instruct or train junior medical staff on any issues pertaining to management of the patient(s) e.g. doing triage, patient handling, etc
  9. To keep up to date with the current medical systems through regular CME attendances/ presentations and regular reading
  10. Note: CME sessions are held every Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in the Boardroom and there are Online CMEs on a monthly basis.
  11. To review any ambulance cases as will be required to prepare adequate and uninterrupted care of patient in transit.
  12. To comprehend policies on charges, health schemes (e.g. scope of cover) and clearly fill out insurance claim forms and ensure that treatment is not made beyond the client’s entitlements
  13. To continually assess the systems in place and/or suggest ways of improving them
  14. To provide ward cover as will be required ensuring comprehensive patient management and providing clear written record of your management of the patient(s) in the patients’ files.
  15. To conduct regular comprehensive ward rounds as will be required when you are on duty.
  16. To prepare comprehensive reports and personally handover to the next M.O. on shift as will be required (you should not leave duty unless you have made a proper handover to the next M.O. on duty).
  17. Any other added duties as will be assigned from time to time.

 

Patients’ records are confidential and are not to be discussed except in the process of managing the patient’s illness.

 

SAFETY

You are required to follow safety guidelines as outlined in the Ugandan National Treatment Guidelines and the C-Care treatment protocols.

EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY; SYSTEMS/ TECHNOLOGY

  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Other Clinical equipment

 

PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB

  • Ability to deal with anxious and sometimes irate patients/ parents
  • Ability to handle family conferences to explain complex situations or outcomes
  • Ability to engage at a multidisciplinary level to foster clinical governance, accountability and best/ ethical practice
  • You may be required to work out of normal hours to be on call and to handle emergencies
  • Be flexible to cross-cover and cover for leave

 

Among other performance measures as agreed within your department, you are required to align your accomplishments to the 5 pillars of the organisation; namely:

  1. PATIENT SAFETY
  2. QUALITY OF CARE
  3. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
  4. PRODUCTIVITY
  5. PROFITABILITY

 

You are required to adhere to and embody the values of the organisation; these require a commitment to creative demonstration of the values below in your day-to-day work:

 

  1. ACCOUNTABILITY for our actions
  • Committed to creative actions that have a positive impact on others
  • Proactively seeking feedback about our services, we willingly take the necessary actions for redress, where needed
  • Taking responsibility for our decisions and their outcomes, we do not shift blame, give excuses or become defensive
  • Understanding that our responses are within our control, we choose to positively respond to the circumstances around us

 

  1. DIGNITY in our service
  • Recognising the sanctity of life, we honour those we serve
  • Acknowledging that respect is earned, we have self-respect and esteem others, too
  • We recognise that everyone brings unique value to the organisation so we treat all partners with respect and dignity
  • We value the unique opinions and contributions added by others so we actively listen in our communications with one another

 

  1. COMMITMENT to excellence
  • Exceptional outcomes are a result of our focussed dedication
  • Deliberate devotion to our standards of care
  • Shared accountability for achievement of results
  • Evidence-based practice for quality care

 

  1. COMPASSION for our customers
  • Empathy for those in our care
  • Willingness to listen to others
  • Going the extra mile to meet clients’ needs
  • Responsive to the individual needs of the client, we deliver holistic care to our clients

 

  1. BUILDING HOPE in the community
  • Providing quality care to the needy
  • Investing in health interventions that have a wider social impact
  • Touching our communities through our health programs
  • Encouraging and supporting those around us

 

  1. INNOVATION in our approaches
  • Continuous improvement in our systems and practices ensures effective models for first-rate service delivery
  • Committed to life-long learning, we strive to be creative and innovative in all we do
  • Investing in modern equipment
  • We believe in the synergy inherent in partnerships and proactively seek to work with our stakeholders

 

  1. INTEGRITY in our dealings
  • Honest communication with patients and among staff
  • Fairness and self-scrutiny in everything we do
  • Maintaining confidentiality and privacy
  • Sound business practices in line with best practice

 

  1. INVESTING in people and services
  • Developing our staff through internal and external opportunities
  • Fostering an empowering and conducive working environment
  • Constantly advancing our facilities and equipment
  • Consistently scrutinizing our services and conduct

Investing in your health is not just a new trend, topic or hashtag; in fact, ancient Greek physician Herophilus famously stated that “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, strength cannot fight, intelligence cannot be applied, art cannot become manifest, wealth becomes useless.” Without health, everything else becomes insignificant.  If you are still unsure why it’s important, here are 5 reasons you should invest in your health today:

  1. Encourages you to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Taking control of your wellbeing can reap so many benefits. Whilst we all know that eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly can improve your health, until we see personalised results from a simple blood test, we may presume that we are healthy and that nothing needs to change.  When you complete a C-Care Health test you will be sent an easy to interpret report which clearly outlines any low or below optimal levels. This can give you the motivation you need to take your health into your own hands and make lifestyle changes which benefits YOU.

  1. Saves you money in the long-run

Better health can reduce your healthcare spending. If you are healthy, you will see financial benefits in the short and long term and maintain a significantly better quality of life. The average cost of chronic care management is $40. As such, a chronic condition, will put a tremendous level of pressure on your finances. While not all chronic diseases are prevented, it is possible to avoid various long-term conditions with the right focus on your well-being.

  • Weight Loss
  • Heat Intolerance
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Sore, gritty eye

  1. Increase productivity at work

By keeping healthy you can ensure your immune system is in top shape which will increase your productivity at work. Maintaining good health and a positive attitude will no doubt be an asset to your employer. Healthy employees are more motivated to stay in work, recover from sickness quicker and are at less risk of long-term illness.  If you are feeling run down or experiencing symptoms of fatigueless then you may be lacking Vitamin B12 or have issues with your thyroid. By regularly checking your health you can get to the bottom of why you have been feeling unwell which results in less days spent in bed sick!

  1. Improves your sex life

Did you know that regular exercise can help increase your libido? According to the National Library of Medicine, small bouts of exercise can drastically improve sexual function.  When you exercise, the brain produces endorphins that stimulate the release of sex hormones.  These hormones reduce your heart rate, improve digestion, lower blood pressure and cortisol levels and generally relax the body.  At C-Care, we have specific tests for female and male hormones that test whether there is an imbalance that could be affecting your fertility, mood, weight and energy levels.

Prepared by C-Care IMC Preventive Care Department.

Email: imc@img.co.ug

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Do not get torn between your employee healthcare needs and your company budget!

Our Pay-Per-Use plan offers a variety of benefits for both the company and
the employee.

1. Flexible way of managing employee healthcare and still stay on budget.

2. Your employees will access healthcare services at any of our facilities at any
time and only get invoiced at the end of the month.

3. Fraud management: All staff that are registered under the pay per use plan
present a medical treatment order while on visit. This is used to support the
claims at the end of the month.

4. Referrals: In case of referrals and admission, Our Ambulance will deliver your
staff to a referral hospital at no extra charge.

5. Relationships: A dedicated relationship manager will be attached to your
company to manage all relation issues and provide information and updates
from C-Care IMC.

6. Health education: Quarterly health education sessions are planned for your
staff on different topics.

7. Claims: Our finance team will work hand in hand with your finance team to
manage claims and reconciliations at the end of every month.
What is stopping you?

Get in touch with us on imc.img.co.ug to get started.

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By

Dr. Micheal Bironse, Dental Surgeon, C-Care IMC.

Generally speaking, Ugandans lack routine oral health practices. If we are to change this, parents must take responsibility for establishing those routines for their children. If the adults won’t teach the children, then poor oral hygiene will persist.
Here are some summarised tips to improve your child’s oral health:

When should babies start brushing their teeth?

Good dental care begins when the child is toothless. This forms a routine for the child to follow as they grow older.

Here’s how and when to commence dental care for the little ones:

  • Run a clean damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria before teeth begin to appear in the mouth.
  • When your baby gets teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush. Use water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste. Do not use non-fluoridated toothpaste.
  • When two of your baby’s teeth touch, you can begin flossing between them
  • Around age 2, your child should learn to spit while brushing. Avoid giving your child water to swish and spit because this can make swallowing toothpaste more likely.
  • Kids aged 3 and up should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Always supervise kids younger than 8 while brushing, as they’re likely to swallow toothpaste.
  • Avoid putting a baby to sleep with a feeding bottle as this encourages an environment in the mouth that can harm a baby’s teeth. Sugars from juice, formula, or milk that stay on a baby’s teeth for hours only serve as food to bacteria that can eat away at the enamel (the layer of the tooth that protects against tooth decay). This is the cause of rampant decay in children.

 

When should babies see a dentist?

I recommend that children see a dentist the moment their first teeth appear in the mouth. At this first visit, the dentist will explain proper brushing and flossing techniques and do a modified exam while your baby sits on your lap.

These visits can help find problems early and help kids get used to visiting the dentist so they’ll have less fear about going as they get older.
If a child seems to be at risk for cavities or other problems, the dentist may start applying topical fluoride even before all teeth come in. Fluoride hardens the tooth enamel, helping to ward off the most common childhood oral disease — dental cavities (also called dental caries).

How can we prevent cavities?

Cavities happen when bacteria and food left on the teeth after eating are not brushed away. Acid collects on a tooth, softening its enamel until a hole (cavity) forms.

Here’s how to keep cavities away:

  • Start good oral habits early. Teach kids to brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and to floss regularly.
  • Get enough fluoride. Regular use of fluoride toughens the enamel, making it harder for acid to penetrate. Most countries require tap water to be fluoridated. If your water supply is not fluoridated or if your family uses purified water, ask your dentist for fluoride supplements. Most toothpastes contain fluoride but toothpaste alone will not fully protect a child’s teeth. Be careful, however, since too much fluoride can cause tooth discoloration. Check with your dentist before supplementing.
  • Limit or avoid some foods. Sugary foods, juices, candy (especially sticky gummy candy, gummy vitamins, or fruit leather or “roll-ups”) can erode enamel and cause cavities. If your kids eat these foods, have them rinse their mouth or brush their teeth after eating to wash away the sugar. The same goes for taking sweetened liquid medicines: always have kids rinse or brush afterward.

As your child’s permanent teeth grow in, the dentist can help prevent decay by applying a thin wash of resin (called a sealant) to the back teeth, where most chewing is done. This protective coating keeps bacteria from settling in the hard-to-reach crevices of the molars. But make sure that kids know that sealants aren’t a replacement for good brushing and regular flossing.

What Dental Problems Can Happen?

If you are prone to tooth decay or gum disease, your kids might be at higher risk as well. So sometimes even the best brushing and flossing habits can’t prevent a cavity. Be sure to call your dentist if your child complains of tooth pain, which could be a sign of a cavity that needs treatment.

New materials mean dentists have more filling and repair options than ever. A silver-colored material called amalgam (a special mix of metals) was once the substance of choice for most fillings in permanent teeth. But now, other materials like composite resins are becoming popular. Resins bond to the teeth so the filling won’t pop out, and also can be used to rebuild teeth damaged through. Because resins are often tooth-colored, they’re considered more attractive.

But in cases of fracture, extensive decay, or malformation of baby teeth, dentists often opt for stainless steel or ceramic crowns. Crowns maintain the tooth while preventing the decay from spreading.

In some rare instances, usually when a more complicated dental procedure is to be done, a dentist will recommend using general anesthesia. Parents should make sure that the professional who gives the medicine is a trained anesthesiologist or oral surgeon before agreeing to the procedure. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist questions.

Regular checkups and good dental hygiene can help prevent the need for this kind of extensive dental work. Also, encourage your kids to use a mouthguard during sports, which can prevent serious dental injuries.

Looking Ahead
As kids grow, plan on routine dental checkups anywhere from once every 6 months to once a year, depending on your dentist’s recommendations. Keeping sugary foods in check, encouraging regular brushing and flossing, and working with your dentist will lead to good dental health.

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