Everyone was back at their post today for what is now the home stretch for this year’s Medical and Surgical mission. Today and for the next two days we are seeing patients in the facilities at the Carpenter project site. There is electricity for those who need it but the biggest bonus is that there is no traveling the rough roads to the remote villages where clinics were held last week, thus saving time and energy to serve more patients. In her daily summary at dinner time Dr. Jennifer informed the team that this had been record-breaking day in terms of how many patients had been seen in a single day.
The highlight in the eye clinic involved one of NEA’s staff members who had been working as a translator with Brigitte in dispensing glasses for the past two years. Pastor Phillip, when he is not translation for us, is the pastor at Kintampo church where he leads a fairly large congregation. Brigitte had noticed this year that he was struggling to read patient charts. After much coaxing he finally agreed to have his own eyes examined by his team members this morning. After all was completed he was prescribed a pair of bifocals that corrected both his near and far vision. Pastor Phillip had seen hundreds leave the eye clinic with better vision and now it was his turn. He kept repeating that he had no idea that his vision had been so poor and that it could corrected so easily. He was very thankful that he could read patient charts but even more thankful that reading his bible would be easier again.
In her summary of had been seen by the medical team today Dr. Jennifer simply said that the doctors had seen a number of conditions that they had only read about in medical school.
The continuing common theme during debriefing tonight and most evenings was the the excellent teamwork within and between the groups. Everyone has been willing to help where there is a need. All the team leaders agreed that this was a great team again this year and that our first timers were fitting right in.
Finally Dr David Mensah got everyone’s undivided attention when he reminded the group that about 98% of those who show up at our clinics cannot even afford the $5 annual health insurance fee that would give them free access to local medical services.
On that note I think I will close for tonight, but more to follow.