Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hello from the Upper West of Ghana (Kaleo girls yet again)

Yesterday (April 16th) we headed off with Muriel and Sister Edith to another town to visit a nursing school and hospital. We're nearing the end of our time as students and we were excited to have the chance to pass on some of our knowledge.   The night before we all did a brush up on infant rescuscitation as this was our teaching focus. With some of the fundraising money the group had purchased a few kits called "Helping Babies Breathe). They come complete with a model baby - NeoNatalie - an ambubag, and various other teaching props.  After meeting the school director we gathered in a room with 24 students and their instructor. The decision was made to include some students from every year so that these students could in turn teach their classmates. We spent about an hour teaching and taking questions and then gave each student a chance to practice on NeoNatalie with the bag and mask. We left the kit at the school in hopes that it will continue to be used to educate nurses on this important skill. The students were already somewhat familiar with the material we were teaching so it wax like a refresher course for all of us. We've been very impressed with the quality of the nursing education here in Ghana and we have a lot of hope for the future of health care here.   We took a brief tour of the hospital there and dropped of some more supplies at various wards.    We got back home and took a nap as we had been called to a 4 a.m. delivery the night before (a beautiful baby girl)! Our friends Hassan and Kamal came from Wa to cook us a traditional dinner of Red Red. Hassan made us the "best sauce in the world" to go along with the fried plantains. We all agreed that it was our favourite Ghanaian meal so far, and we've had some pretty great food. Muriel left on the bus at 3 this morning to go visit Tori and Megan in Bolga. We're looking forward to our last 2 days in Kaleo and then we'llbe joining everyone in Bolga as well. This has been a whirlwind trip and we can't believe it's almost done. T-12 days in Ghana. 

1 comment:

  1. Hello Everyone,

    As I read all of your posts, it is clear that you are witnessing life in Ghana through the stories of communities. It gives us a lot to think about here in the Okanagan and a lot more to think about when any of us next travel to another country, whether it is Ghana or wherever our journeys take us. What is "community"? What does it mean to each of us, and how can we foster it and contribute to it, at home or wherever we are? As nurses, it seems to me that your stories remind us to always keep asking that question.

    Safe journey home all, and thank you for sharing your stories with us - allowing us to be "armchair members" of your time in these Ghanain communities.

    Patricia Marck