|The road to Shunga|
Theatre this week was a mixture of specialties – gynaecology, urology and paediatric surgery. One of the two hysterectomies proved difficult and took rather longer than expected, so I had to stay overnight at Shunga to make sure that the patient recovered well. Happily she did. We finished the operation list the next morning.
The little girl with the bomb injury is now doing very well, and is up and around and ready to go home.
Henry Ndege, Shunga’s doctor, will be back this weekend, and will be available for emergency surgery, so my visits will now be about once a week for scheduled surgery only.
As soon as I got back from Shunga, we had a meeting to organise the completion of the building of a clinic at Mubanga – remote and with little health care so far. The local people with whom we met will provide labouring. A builder from Kasulu will go out to work and to supervise. The Diocese of Gloucester has given money for this, and work will begin on 1st July. I and John Mhanusi, the Diocese Health Coordinator will visit from time to time too.
Helen writes : We're quite proud of our veggie garden at the back of our house. There was nothing here when we arrived but this week we've started eating the spinach and chinese leaves. The runner beans haven't done so well - I brought the seeds from England; they were very excited and sprouted within a few days - but took one look at the hot sun and shrivelled up (reminds me of a Bible story!!) . In the middle of the garden is a paw paw tree, and banana palms around the edge. It's now the dry season, so we have to water every day.We only have running water for a few hours each morning so do the garden early- then we keep water in plastic buckets to use in the house during the rest of the day. We don't do it all ourselves of course - we have a chap called Paulo who comes each day to help.
|Our veggie garden|