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Organizers of free health screenings intend to enable underprivileged community members to get free medical checkups and treatment. The first step of organizing free health screenings is to decide the kind of medical camp the target beneficiaries require.

Screenings can be part of mega camps that provide general and specific treatments. They can also take place in specific specialty camps that focus on a particular area of healthcare like cardiology or neurology. Organizers of free health screenings should also do the following for the success of the medical camps.

Arrange to have an adequate team
Health screenings will only succeed when there are enough specialists for patients. Health screening planners should ensure a camp has enough doctors, nurses, lab assistants, technicians, and physiotherapists. Dieticians, office assistants, drivers, and other support staff should accompany them.

Pack in advance
Packing equipment should be in advance to ensure everything suitable for the participating specialties is ready before the day. Medics will do many tests at the camp when they find everything in place.

Carry enough stationery
Screening is not about testing because the team needs to write its findings on each patient. Planners should print outpatient cards, prescription pads and buy writing papers before the screening day. The design of an outpatient card should have space for a health camp stamp with a date and time that a patient attended for quick identification if the person goes to the hospital.

Plan ECG logistics
If ECG is part of the screening, camp organizers should ensure an adequate supply of ECG machine papers, cotton, machine papers, and jelly. Echo machines Extensions, electrical points, and boards for ECG are also necessary. They should also take jelly, cotton, and stationery when ultrasound will be part of screenings.

Provide sufficient screening tools and medicine
Healthcare teams can only work with ease if the general supplies they use in hospitals are available for free health screenings. They include surgical gloves, masks, needles, thermometers, and stethoscopes. Others are BP apparatus, sterile pads, knee hammers, dressing sets, emergency drugs, etc. Planners should also source for sufficient supply of general medicine for prescription after screening and diagnosis.

Provide supporting facilities
Facilities like toilets, safe water points, waiting, and sanitizing areas should be available for the convenience of everyone.

Supply refreshments
Water and food packets will keep patients and attendants energized for all the time they will be at the free screening camp. Hygiene and safety should be in place to prevent infection transmission.

Prevention helps to keep infection and re-infection at bay. Organizing free health screenings is not complete before acquiring educational materials like posters to educate attendants on diseases and prevention measures.