Our 6:00am breakfast call had everyone up early this morning for the long trip to Yaara. The short cut was washed out again this year so we set out on the longer “good road” (inside joke).
Along the way we made a courtesy stop in Old Longoro to visit and greet young Chief Solomon from Carpenter. He was in the village convalescing from injuries suffered in a car accident a few weeks earlier. While in the small village Dr. David (Mensah) explained that this village was very special for the Mo tribe. It is the traditional burial site for the tribe’s chiefs and elders. In fact, the houses in the villages were the location where generations of chiefs from each division of the tribe were buried. Had we not stopped here could never have guessed the significance of this very unassuming village close to our destination.
As we approached Yaara we could hear the drums beating in the area where the Chief Joseph and his elders had assembled. Before proceeding to the formal greeting, a number of our team, led by Dr. David himself, joined some of the village women in a bit of traditional dancing. The gifts of food presented by the town to the team were truly overwhelming.
All the clinics were very busy as expected but what stood out to several doctors and nurses, including some first-timers, was that the general state of health in the village was noticeably better than what had earlier been seen In Nyamboi. Dr David explained that this was most probably due to a number of initiatives in agriculture and nutrition that had been undertaken by NEA over the passed several years. Dr Sean, one of our pediatricians had even noted that the children’s skin felt healthier. We did not stay overnight in Yaara this year because of several logistical issues so we had to leave for Carpenter early enough to make most of the trip back in daylight.
During dinner this evening we were able to catch up with the day’s hernia team activities. Dr Magdi was glowing in his comments about how smoothly that their day had gone, and how on this trip with three operating rooms available they were smashing Operation hernia productivity records. He was especially complementary of how well the team, including the Ghanaian translators and assistants were working together. The difficult medical issues that they had encountered had also been ably addressed by the medical clinic group. Nurse Teresa’s Canadian blog fans should be aware that she has joined the Hernia Team for this year’s trip.
Well, we’re off to another early start in the morning so it’s time to sign off for today