Monthly Archives: February 2010
One of the greatest aspects of working here at Nkhoma is the team at the Eye Hospital. I have the pleasure of working with a team of nearly 40 dedicated nurses, patient attendants, drivers, administrative staff; and one clinical officer, Mr Ephraim Kambewa.
I mention Mr Kambewa especially, as he has returned after 18 months training in Tanzania last year, and has graduated now as a qualified Senior ophthalmic clinical officer Cataract Surgeon! It was thanks to cbm that his training was possible.
So I started the day as normal 5am, but this time with no strange animals or creatures in the house. Even my dog Ellie had gone on her weekly walkabout for a day or maybe two. A nice coffee, a beautiful sunrise and some paperwork and emails.
At 8am we had the big staff meeting/indaba to discuss the year ahead, tell everyone an update on Nick’s condition, and tackle any concerns that anyone might have. Was a great time to have everyone together in the same place, and closed with a nice prayer by Church elder Mr Banda.
We saw a few patients, and then lept into a series of meetings with senior staff, tax consultants, drivers, and cataract case finders. Finally we met with Stefan, CBM National Coordinator for Malawi and Dr Ter Haar the Nkhoma General Hospital Medical Director. It was a very productive day and we got a massive amount of issues sorted. I’m not a fan of having meetings for meetings sake, but find it a pleasure to sit down with all the staff and people involved with Nkhoma Eye Hospital, to really hammer out and resolve important issues. A real blessing to be able to do this now, as in 2 weeks time we will start to screen patients in the villages and bring them to Nkhoma for surgery or other help; and that is when we start to get very busy. Looking forward to it.
We have done our first few cataract operations. I also saw a 12 year old boy who had a penetrating pen injury to his eye. Managed to sort it out in theatre.
Steve and Kambewa are driving 200 miles to Mangotchi and Machinga, near the lakeshore, tomorrow to meet the district health officer for his permission to work for patients in his area. It’s actually a very under-served area of Malawi, so a perfect place to start our outreach activities this year.