The team has had an incredible two days of caring for the the medical, surgical, dental and eye needs of this region.
Our surgical team is running three operating theatres which are called David, Brenda and Moses (after David’s father). This is an incredibly hard working group of surgeons, nurses, and volunteers, and we are enjoying getting to know them so much. I cannot believe the numbers of patients they are caring for each day.
The rest of us spent an amazing two days in the village of Nyamboi. This community was so grateful for our medical, dental and eye care that they presented the team with a beautiful ram, yams, and a village woman brought us a guinea fowl. Our days are very, very full caring for so many illnesses unique to this region: malaria, dysentery, typhoid fever, lymphatic filiariasis, HIV, intestinal worms and skin infections to name a few. Although it is difficult work under very hot conditions, there is much laughter all day long, and we are thoroughly enjoying working with one another, with the local health care providers, and with the massive team of over 100 local volunteers.
The creatures around the compound are providing interesting entertainment. Screams abound as spiders (big ones) and very odd bugs (big ones) make appearances in our dorm rooms. A snake was found by Dr. Martin in the shower, and my poor Olivia had a lizard drop down onto her from who knows where. It’s all part of the experience though….
It’s late and we begin at 0600 so I will sign off and promise to try and send an update in a couple of days. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support as we try and sustain our efforts to help the poor in Northern Ghana.