The first week in Tamale passed in a flash. Many of us had the opportunity to try working in wards we had never tried before; Emergency, NICU, Labour and Delivery and Paediatric Emergency. A couple of us were truly amazed to see the babies being born in the labour and delivery ward. It's an incredible feeling to witness such a magical and precious moment in a persons' life.
A few of our group members were also able to bring about change in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as they had additional training which allowed them to relay further knowledge to the ward. Babies who were once dehydrated plumped up, and the reasons why we are in Ghana became tangible once again.
Alongside the clinical experiences, we were able to travel to Mole national park and bask in the beauty of the surrounding area. Baboons paraded around the restaurant, and elephants were in full view at the watering hole down the canyon from the mole motel. A jeep tour took us through the natural splendors of the forest. The next day, a morning walking tour brought us up close and personal with elephants, antelope, monkeys, and the like. The rocky tro tro ride on the dirt road back to Tamale was exhausting, however the
comedic baboon thief who stole bread from a truck in the mole motel's parking lot kept a smirk on our faces.
We have begun another week and are starting to feel the time slipping away. Only one more week and we will begin traveling once more.
It has been an incredible journey thus far, and things are not over just yet.
Amy D., Amy W., Darlene, Jennifer, Brittney