While a few enjoyed an early morning run and Rev. Andoh’s church sermon, most of us tried to catch up on sleep in order to be armed and ready for the first day of the clinic. After breakfast and orientation we organized all of the medical supplies we brought from Partners for World Health. We then set up the different stations of the clinic in the sanctuary where we had a triage table, a few provider tables, a pharmacy, as well as a wound care and lab station. We had wonderful community health educators work alongside us as translators to help us provide the most optimal care. From about 1-4:00pm we were able to see and treat a handful of patients with issues ranging from malaria to diabetes to urinary tract infections to back pain (most often referred to by locals as “waist pain”). We quickly molded our own micro-systems within the clinic as we learned what worked well and what didn’t as well as what was most appropriate according to the patient.
After clinic, we went across the street for some refreshing drinks while looking out onto the Gulf of Guinea. We had a fun time getting to know the community health workers and bonding with the rest of the team. We have some exciting new plans to add to the clinic in the days to come so stay tuned!
Quotes/stories of the day from different people?…
…Jen Morton pointed out that the balance of our knowledge as healthcare providers and the community health workers‘ knowledge of the Ghanaian culture really helps to make our mission of appropriate and sustainable care successful.