A non-for-profit organization EYCB (European Youth Centre Břeclav) in cooperation with OSDA (Organization for Strategic Development in Africa) sends me as a voluntary health worker to Ghana in the name of a project „We volunteer with fun“. I will assist the local staff by providing the healthcare, counselling and information to the targeted communities in Ghana.
středa 9. prosince 2015
Have Health Clinic
Have Health Clinic
Volunteering at Have Health Clinic is far more challenging experience.
The reason is simple-Have Health Clinic provides care for twice as much
patients as Duga Health Clinic (the total number of patient folders kept at the
clinic is around 17 thousand). My major task is dispensing prescribed medicines
and providing counselling to the patients. My office is a small room
called „Dispensary room“ with the installed window through which
I communicate with the patients and
supply them with prescribed medicines. The list of medication available at Have
HLC is not exhausting, therefore after few days I have become familiar
with the standard dosage regimens of every drug. I have learnt about the
clinical management of malaria, helminthiasis, gastroenteritis, respiratory and
urinary tract infections and dehydration (these are the most common diagnosis).
Sometimes we are challenged with more complicated or unusual patient
cases, for example a boy, who was biten by his classmate (he was given
a dose of tetanus immunoglobulin and antibacterial prophylaxis with
co-amoxiclav) or a pregnant woman struggling to breathe as a result
of serious allergic reaction (after she was given adrenaline injection, we sent
her to the nearest hospital for further management. Taxi was called and when
I inquired about the time in which she can get to the hospital, nurses
said about 20 minutes. „Will she make it in time?“...“Who knows? This is Africa
for you.“). Medical staff in Have HLC is very friendly, namely nurses Fellicity,
Vava, Doreen, Sebastian, midwife Sarah and medical practitioner Fafa.
Life in Have is busier than in Agbesia with the market day every
forth day. Shopping at the market is quite challenging, you have to bargain the
prices with the sellers. This can be tricky because my skin colour means for
local people that I came from a more prosperous country and I am
automatically perceived as someone with money (though I am not J). There
is also the Internet Cafe, although its opening hours depends on the
electricity supply (which means it is closed every other day J). One
Sunday I went to the Global Church in Have (first visit of church in
Ghana) and it was unique experience. The service takes 3 hours and it involves
plenty of dancing, singing and drum playing. The sermon was a little bit
shocking, especially the part when the preacher started screaming „wicked
christians“ at us. My friend had to translate the meaning of the sermon to me
because the preacher used local dialect-ewe language. At the end of the
seremony I had to introduce myself in front of the whole church. My
ghanaian name is Jaja which means „Thursday born“ (though I am not) or
Jarja which means „Blessed“. My other common nickname is „javu“ which means
„white person“ and people, especially kids, like to shout at me „javu“ when
I walk past them. I am slowly picking up some phrases in ewe
language, for example „efoa“ means „how are you“ and the answer is always „eh“
African food has become a part of my everyday diet. My favourite
dish is „watche“-a mixture of rice, beans and local spices. „Kenkey“ and
„banku“ are fermented maize meals, served with a sauce or stew. „Red-red
is a bean stew with meat and fish, served with fried plantains.
I have tried a goat meat with its special aroma, although I havenˈt
been brave enough to try bush meat (it is actually meat from a kind of rat
called grasscutter). Aaron, my fellow volunteer, has tried it and liked it,
though he dodged the tail part. The local delicacy is „abobo“ which is fried
snail on the stick. It is served with pepper and onion and it is a truly
delicious snack. A different story is roasted lizzard, which I was
priviliged to try one evening in Accra. The size of it was likeof small alligator and tasted like
week of November Have Health Centre was reviewed by Ghana Health Service.
Medical staff from regional clinics and hospitals came to assess the services
provided by HHC. Some of the topics included the clientˈs care, the enviroment,
the infection prevention programme etc. We had been preparing for this review
several weeks ahead and also with the help of local pupils HHC scored 70.7%.
This score means that HHC is the best in the Volta region and I am very
proud to be a part of medical team here.
Have Health Centre, the best clinic in Volta region