In the right place at the right time

I’d visited the remote Eastern bank clinic on Monday and wanted to take Jane to meet the midwife there, and deliver a supply of instruments and dressings for the midwife and the community nurses there. The clinic is very run down, and they have almost no supplies. I was trying to clean a young girl’s eyes, they were so sticky she could hardly see, when a mother rushed in carrying her 18 month semi-conscious son who had apparently eaten almost a whole box of what looked to be iron tablets, potentially very dangerous. We decided to put him, his mother and sister in our vehicle and bring him straight to the children’s ward. He was unconscious and unresponsive by the time we arrived, so I found one of the paediatricians who put up a drip and inserted a nasogastric tube. Three hours later, I’m happy to say he was looking much better –  able to drink some soup. If we hadn’t been there his family would have been unable to get him the necessary treatment, as nothing was available in that clinic.  The nurses there earn very little, and we were told that one of the midwives who travels many miles to get there hasn’t been paid for months.

Unconscious overdosed baby reaches Wau Hospital

Its World Aids Day today and I was met by a group of very noisy excited nurses in red T-shirts wanting me to be part of their celebrations…their ‘union rep’ here knows I’m an RCN rep so thought I was qualified to join in…he’s even told me I can have use of the union office building as my office!!!

A welcome from the Trades Union in Wau

Dr Alex is back from Addis, so we’ve all been very pleased to see him. Jane took a patient (a displaced person from Abyei, on the border) to him who was 6 months pregnant but had been kicked in a fight. . He performed an ultrasound and fortunately the baby was alive and the patient has been admitted to the gynae ward.

Antoinette & Ally have been caring for a very small premature baby, giving advice on fluid management and temperature. Sadly the baby died.  Teaching of doctors and student nurses has continued and is very successful. The students were delighted to receive their certificates and watches.

Tonight we had the amazing experience of a group of a hundred or so children from the ECS Church singing and dancing at our gates; when they learned that we were friends of Bishop Moses we received a fantastic response;  they were all so excited and all had to shake hands!   I’m sending this perched on the steps of the CHTI, trying to get an internet connection;  it is totally deserted and quiet except for the squeaking sounds of nature and the distant hum of a generator – it’s about to be turned off as we have had our three hours daily ration of electricity!   Small lizards and frogs are jumping over my feet, it’s warm, calm and dark, and overhead is the most amazing display of stars I have ever seen.

Sadly it’s our last full day here; we’ve achieved a lot in a very short time, but if we had longer we could do so much more. We will all be sad to leave tomorrow.

 

Resident vulture in Wau hospital grounds

Hilary

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One Response to In the right place at the right time

  1. Frankie Dormon says:

    HOpe you have a safe journey home, will look forward to speaking about the trip and my progress on sending a container out to Wau next year.

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