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Results of Rheumatic Heart Disease Assessment

Upon conclusion of the first rheumatic heart disease screening, Roger Moore and Dr. Payne Perman presented the results of their work to the FSM and the Pohnpei State government officials including the VP of the FSM and the Governor of Pohnpei.

There were 6 schools included in the screening, totaling 1,881 local children served. Out of those screened, 37 children were diagnosed with definite RHD, and 87 children were identified with borderline disease. These children will be treated with penicillin injections once a month for a duration of 5 to 10 years. In addition, there were 13 cases of congenital heart disease which were referred to off-island treatment.

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