Team all up early and raring to go. Our lift turned up on time (thanks Justin), and we arrived at Wau hospital for 8am.
We all started by setting up teaching equipment in the resource room in preparation for “Emergency Triage and Assessment “covering all age groups.
Sally taught neonatal resus, Bruce presented the ETAT emergency triage system, Prem presented emergency assessment and treatment of adults and Antoinette presented assessment of paediatric emergencies. The students then split into two groups for paediatric scenarios facilitated by Allison and Antoinette and adult scenarios facilitated by Bruce and Prem. Attendees included student nurses and midwives, one of the tutors from CHTI and Liz McCall a VSO nurse seconded to Wau Teaching Hospital for 2 years.
Throughout the morning the Hospital was in a state of high alert for the much anticipated visit of the Minister of Health for South Sudan and his entourage. The group including the Under Secretary and the State Minister for Health were shown around the hospital by Dr Alex Bakiet (Director General of Wau Hospital) and were followed around by a TV crew. We all met the Minister for Health, and had our picture taken with the visiting dignitaries. Hilary spoke with the Minister of Health and was very encouraged by his enthusiasm for the link with Poole Hospital. He has requested to meet with us on our return to Juba.