Healthcare for New Arrivals to NPH El Salvador
A step-by-step guide to the thorough medical care that all of our children receive when joining our home.
April 9, 2019 - El Salvador
The arrival of a new child to our home is a big occasion. Everyone around NPH gets excited for the opportunity to see our family grow. But before fully joining the bustling day-to-day life of NPH El Salvador, new arrivals have a thorough medical screening to ensure that they are fully ready for life in this new family.
At the beginning, new children stay at the clinic for a period of time, where the doctor and her staff do thorough examinations and run tests. Dr. Karla Monterrosa explains why new arrivals are such a great occurrence, “Having new kids arriving to our home always brings happiness to our day. The kids are our motivation to do the best we can in our work. Their happiness and well-being is ours, too. We take pride in seeing them become healthy.”
Recently, two kids arrived at NPH—a girl and a boy—and along with them, high expectations for their new lives and futures. Nola and Peterson, as well as any other new arrivals to our home, begin their complete medical checkup accompanied by the director of their future home on the property.
During the checkup, clinic staff take the child’s height, weight, and temperature. The doctor talks with the child and consults existing medical documentation to form a complete medical history. Throughout the process, the doctor assesses the child’s nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, and digestive systems and conducts other important tests, like an eye exam, glucose screen, hemoglobin test, etc. Finally, consultations with the psychologist and dentist are planned and carried out.
Vaccinations play an important role in welcoming a new child to NPH. NPH El Salvador follows the Salvadoran Department of Health’s directives on mandatory vaccinations. If a child arrives with a valid vaccination record, NPH will provide any vaccinations still need to be administered. If the child does not have documentation as to which vaccinations they have received, they will receive an accelerated vaccination regime to combat sarampión, rubéola, and paperas or measles, rubella, and mumps; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; and tetanus. This thorough approach ensures that each of our new children will be as healthy as possible and it keeps us in compliance with Salvadoran regulations.
We prioritize providing the best possible healthcare for each child’s specific needs. The complete process is done in five days and, by the end of that time, the child moves to the house that will be their home. If the preliminary medical checks reveal serious medical issues, the doctor contacts a specialist and further consultations are immediately scheduled.
Dr. Monterrosa concludes, “I think it is important to provide good healthcare to the kids because they are our future and it is their right. The healthier the kids, the greater their opportunities of being successful in the future.” Providing good healthcare to our children is a priority at NPH because if our kids are healthy, they will be able to reach their dreams.
Children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.