Monthly Archives: August 2010
We visited the villages near Lilongwe (well, around 2 hours drive from Nkhoma) to pick up patients who had been screened by John Kapakasa, our cataract case-finder.
He’s had a busy week on his motorbike, driving around ten villages in the rural district around the capital. The ambulance brought back 12 patients, 10 of whom were offered surgery.
Mrs Kalembo had come to Nkhoma a few weeks earlier.
Dr Erik and Dr Naomi De Jong-Vink and baby Fenna Chimwemwe left Nkhoma after 4 years of fantastic work. Naomi was an excellent obstetrician. Erik set up the IT system, and it is thanks to him and his team that we have internet here in rural Malawi! He also worked on the Safe Motherhood programme, and spraying of the villages and hospital for mosquitos which has drastically reduces the incidence of malaria in the area.
On the morning that they went to the airport, Erik wanted to climb Nkhoma mountain one last time. So up at 4:30, four of us made it to the top just after sunrise.
We’ve had patients coming from near the lakeshore in Salima the whole of last week and this week. A car every day has been coming full with around 15 patients. We’ve been busy.
Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) has a team of field workers in their community based rehabilitation programme. They have spent weeks and months travelling through the Salima District villages screening people, and then bringing them to Nkhoma Eye Hospital throughout this fortnight.
Over a hundred cataract operations have been performed, and after a day or two for each patient in the hospital, a lot of people have left happy.