Sunday, March 25, 2018

Unpacking cintainer, interviewing a new doctor

It has been busy this week unpacking the container that arrived recently.  We have been unloading it a truck load at a time and bringing it up to the hospital to unload.  Carolyn Mereki has been helping to unload and sort and then she delivers it to the different departments.

We are really happy with a lot of good supplies that we are unpacking to use at the hospital.

We are putting the barrels and boxes in the hallway outside my office and opening them when we have time.  It is always fun to see what we get!

On Friday this week we traveled to Kadoma (1 hour south of Harare), about 4 1/2 hour drive for us.  We met up with Mashoko administration to interview 6 people for jobs at Chidamoyo and Mashoko as doctors.  We have tentatively made decisions, but have another 2 people to interview--so please pray with us that we choose the right doctor.

The doctor strike continues since 1 March.  No settlement and government hospitals only doing emergencies so we can't really refer other patients either.  The doctors here make a basic salary of  $389  a month.  Also they want  equipment and medicines available in the hospitals they work in.  We hope this is settled soon.

 Unpacking the container

 Waiting to be unpacked

 Carolyn sorting things from container

Dr. Moyo and Major from Chidamoyo at the Interviews

Saturday, March 10, 2018

New Baby, ART outreach clinics

This week was a busy week back after a week being gone in Harare.  It’s also the end of the month so we are doing end of month reports in between seeing patients and doing procedures!  No visitors here to help me get the paper work done!

The doctors in the country went on strike on 1-March-18.  Since we are a mission hospital we don’t go on strike and so we have seen an increase in patients who are being turned away at hospitals through out the country.  We had to transfer a patient yesterday and Major went to our local district hospital and it took him over an hour for someone to take the patient and then others were asking him to take them to Chidamoyo since they had been admitted for days and no doctor had seen them!  The hospitals are in chaos as only the Administration is working and trying to keep things going.  They are supposed to attend to emergencies, but not sure what they call emergencies since some of the people who came here were very sick.

We were happy to hear that Dr. Kajese (who used to work here) and his wife No had a C/Section for their second child on Sunday the 4th of March and welcomed a new baby girl—Zoe.  She was a bit early but is doing well after being readmitted and discharged again.  Big sister Alexis is welcoming her too.  Congratulations to them.  We hope to see him here as part of the surgery team that comes to do our elective surgeries in the next month.

This week we went out to 2 outreach clinics, Batanai and Zvarai to draw blood on or our research kids and some adults who needed their Viral Loads done.  We ran Batanai results and all the kids are doing well—no one failing—so we are so happy with that!  We think most of our kids are doing better and we hope for better results over the year they are being studied.

I enjoy going out (except for the terrible dirt roads) and being with our kids and adults on ART.  So many of these patients are personally started on ART and it is so great to see them growing up and doing well and the adults doing so well.  It gives us encouragement to keep working hard to eliminate this disease!

This week we had Agnes and Isabel from BRTI labs.  Agnes was here to look at our results so far and verify and she left on Friday.  Isabel is here for 2 weeks to help run the samples from our research in the laboratory.  They enjoyed going out into “the bush” with us to our ART clinics this week and we put them to work! 

This weekend am trying to catch up on our statistics.  As you can tell I am procrastinating by doing everything else on my list first!! 

Baby Zoe Kajese

 Agness and Isabel at Batanai 

Our group at Zvarai

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Digital X-ray Signing ceremony

On Friday the 2nd of March we went to Harare to hold a signing ceremony with the Japanese embassy.  Last year they approached us and asked if we would like to apply for a Digital X-ray machine and processor under a Grassroots Human Security program they run in Zimbabwe.
We were so excited and spent 4 months going through the application process including them coming to assess the need here at the hospital.  We were so happy to hear a few weeks ago that they had chosen us and approved this here in Zimbabwe and Japan.  This is something we have been praying about for a year.

This machine will mean our X-ray that now costs $20 for one will cost pennies!  No more buying film, fixer and developer and having to transport it from Harare to here.  This will be a massive savings for our hospital. 

We will also be able to take more than 1 view whereas before the patient could not afford to do this at $20 a film.  Now we can take more angles which  makes it easier for us to diagnose our patients.

We had a signing ceremony on Friday at Zimbabwe Christian College.  I represented the hospital and signed for us with the Ambassador from Japan, Mr. Toshiyuki  Iwado.  He and I both gave a short speech and then signed the official documents.

 Fuji then gave a presentation on the machine and then we had tea afterwards for the 30-people attended.  We were happy that our Provincial Medical Director office and our District office came to represent Ministry of Health and us.  The press and TV were there too, so we hope it brings good publicity for the embassy and the help they have been to us.

We will now start to remodel our old X-ray room and order the machine.  When it is all installed and ready to go we will have another ceremony here with the Ambassador.  We hope that will be soon!

Yesterday (Saturday)  morning we opened the container that arrived last week and got a load of boxes taken to the hospital to go through.  Then it started to pour rain, so we cut it short.  I need my team of people that were here in January to go through the boxes in the hallway!  Cathy and Holly, you better come back soon! Ha!

Signing ceremony with the Japanese Ambassador next to me

 Major was the MC for the event

Signing the agreement

Handing over the documents with the Ambassador

Opening the new container that arrived