Farewell to Kiwoko

A very emotional morning saying goodbye to friends and completing some tasks. I had to barter with admin for some cello tape to apply laminates to the emergency boxes we had set up. With the help of Dr Phil I got introduced to pharmacy and was able to find after much searching adequate airways for each department.

One of my new friends whom I worked with Joy just finishing some IT training with Trevor.
A little gift from Ruth whom I also worked with which really made the tears flow. I will miss them all

Ugandans love to learn

‘Yesterday I did my last teaching session with the nursing staff on pain in palliative care which was the most difficult for me. This was primarily because of their attitude toward pain and death. Death is not a taboo subject as it is in the UK and pain is something that they suppress even in labour.

This morning a colleague and I set up emergency boxes which was something we had discussed with them at their CME. No crash team here or defibrillator so we did what we could with what they had to try and get them to take ownership of their equipment and as usual they were very enthusiastic.
This afternoon was my last craft session with the ladies. They made cards and this week there were a few kids with the mothers. Their behaviour was exemplary, not disturbing their mums from work.

Thislady appears quite talented no matter what she tries.

Oliver took my crochet to show me that she could do it too .

Shadrack enjoying all the attention
 Time to go sad farewells as I will be 
in N.Ireland for craft next Wednesday.

Community care in Uganda

Today I spent time out with the community team. The fieldworker in charge gave me some historical information on the area and how his family had suffered very hard times but thankful to have survived.

I visited a school with the fieldworker who was discussing their immediate needs where we can help with funding supplies and decisions were made. 

Of course the kids squealed with excitement (thankfully not fear) on seeing the mzunga (White woman)

Then onto an antenatal clinic where I gave some assistance in documentation and advice to mothers. Many multiple pregnancies here and some not diagnosed to as late as 37weeks. The mothers are always delighted as of course there is no concern here about the pram that has been left over in the shop or having bought just one cot.

These babies are just 6weeks coming with their parents for their first vaccines.

Enthusiastic Nursing students in Uganda

In the UK it’s not a matter of “once a nurse always a nurse” which is a quote from nurse Ruth today in Kiwoko. We must maintain our registration by showing we have practised and by showing how we have updated our skills theoretically and practically. We all grumble about doing updates lectures even those that are statutory and we all ensure we get the time back, but this is Uganda

The nine nurses who came for continuing medical education today were just off duty and they will not get their time back I doubt they would even ask. They do not need to show evidence of their continuing education but they want to learn and our so enthusiastic. The topic I led today was assessing the trauma patient using ABCDE.

We had a practical session at the end on basic life support and again they were all very enthusiastic.

To overcome the world

This was our theme at church this morning looking at Revelation ch 1-3. How important it is for us as Christians to be on our guard and aware of the work of satan and to overcome so that we can work for Christ and help others know the truth. It is known here that in some schools children are paid 1000 shillings to sit on a Moslem prayer mat.this is the equivalent to half a days pay!!!!the church service is about 2 1/2 hrs long starting at 0800hrs.

I would say I felt very much at home here. The people were very welcoming and of course the children wanted to touch a white person