This morning we have had a series of emergency cases to deal with.
Our nurse, John, was doing the morning surgery in the village of Bodo when news came of a young girl collapsing at the village school. She was rushed to him and the ambulance put on standby in case it was necessary to get her to hospital- about an hour away. We are waiting to hear what has happened. The ambulance was on the road very early today taking a man with no legs to hospital. He’d been involved in an accident and had a double amputation. The Funzi and Bodo Trust medical team are making sure that he receives the necessary after care and treatment.
Other cases today have included a woman from Funzi who started with a headache and other pains yesterday, By this morning she had spots and was feeling worse. The water ambulance was called and she has gone to see our medical team at Bodo. So quite a demanding start to Tuesday and we’ve not reached lunchtime .
We are waiting to see a young girl who is having a lot of pain in her mouth. She has been crying constantly. Her farther is a waiter at the nearby hotel but the family lives up country. She will arrive in a few days for further investigations. We may need to pay for her to receive surgery .
The clinics are now fully re-stocked with medicines and are seeing up to 20 people each day with varying degrees of illness.
There have been more concerns about cholera in Bodo but it’s not on a mass scale. However, when it happens as it did to night watch man Juma a couple of days ago, you need to get to hospital rapidly. I am told that failure to respond after twenty four hours can be fatal. The symptoms are also most unpleasant and distressing for those who get it. We are taking great pains to make sure that we constantly wash our hands and only drink and eat food prepared with bottled water.