Dr. Jennifer Wilson, in Ghana with a team of over 40 other medical professionals, continues to update us on their progress as she has access to technology and free time.
The medical team is doing a lot of work and the sense of teamwork is great. The bus ride home is quite noisy with laughter and singing … even after working hard all day in the heat!
The medical team wrapped up their second day in Nyamboi yesterday. They were able to see everyone who came and didn’t need to turn anyone away. While they were Nyamboi, a young boy collapsed, unconscious with severe malaria. After a few hours with IV fluids and antimalarials he was well enough to go home.
The dental team is very busy, often pulling multiple teeth per patient. When they finished in Nyamboi they were honoured with a ceremony where they were presented with vegetables and their first ram of the trip.
Today in Yaara the medical team saw many untreated ailments. The area is so remote that most people just live with their sickness. The team had a whole tent full of patients to see the surgeon to get on the hernia list for 2010!
The surgical team is making great progress and is repairing around 30 hernias each day. Some patients have two hernias so this really represents about 20 patients per day.
Unfortunately some team members are dealing with travel-related sickness. Four team members had to stay back yesterday and one today. The four who were sick yesterday were back at work today, so the bug is unpleasant but brief. Please remember the health of the team members in your prayers.