“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Monday, 23 July 2012

Itojo Hospital

Given my historically not-so-great luck with travel health, I have been doing some research on the local medical facilities near the project. It turns out we get off the bus at Itojo hospital which was built in the 60's and is walking distance (4kms) from the school we will be working in. It's a rural facility serving Ntungamo District as well as some parts of neighboring Northern Tanzania and Northeastern Rwanda.   It has 120 beds in total, although sometimes patients are found sleeping on the floor due to over-admissions which is a little worrying.  Over the years the hospital has deteriorated somewhat, but in 2007 the Egyptian Government donated US$280,000 to rehabilitate the hospital, including the construction of three new staff houses. Then this time last year, Egypt made further donations of pharmaceuticals, an electricity generator and other hospital supplies – so with any luck it will have everything we need. (I also checked the Rabies antidote is in stock, - although they say they haven't needed to use it for 6 years, so I'm guessing it will also be out of date by now - must stay away from rats and bats!)

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