pátek 18. prosince 2015

The end

My last week in Ghana I spent at the Margret Marquart Hospital where I was treated for cellulitis. At the funeral the shoe hurt my leg and this small wound got infected. Kpando hospital is a nice place and the medical staff is very well trained. Eventually the symptoms subsided and I was discharged from the hospital. The journey from Have to Accra by tro tro was not very comfortable, there was a litlle room to stretch my leg. At the OSDA house we had a small farewell dinner, my last fufu for a long time. During my time in Ghana the members of OSDA became my second family and they helped me to integrate into the community and understand the local culture and customs. Thanks to both organizations OSDA and EYCB I was able make a contribution to the development programme in Volta region. Volunteering at the Have Health Centre enabled me to use my pharmacist education and help medical staff to ease some of the everyday tension. While I was dispensing and counselling the patients they could focus more on the diagnosis and administration tasks. I truly believe that sending volunteers to this region has a great impact to the health care and education systems. Even one volunteer can make a big difference because the extra help is always needed. There is still a lot work to do but I believe that thanks to the help and support of organizations such as OSDA and EYCB Africa is on a good way for a better future and improvement.

Kpando Hospital, where I was admitted a week before I left Ghana. Bad timing...

Crutches are not available, so I used walker instead. 

In Ghana during harmattan season (starts at the beginning of December) the air is very dry and the skin becomes more sensitive. The wounds tend to heal longer. It is not a best time to get injured as I experienced myself.

My Ghanaian family. From the left: Brown, Bright, Sarah, me, John and OSDA president Manfred.

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