The Rotarian team from Mackay & Rockhampton in Queensland left on Thursday having achieved a great deal at the hospital and several schools around the area. They apparently intend to return next year to continue the maintenance work at the hospital and at other locations. We are very grateful for what they have done at the hospital which includes roofing water supply repairing the trucks and painting in the out-patient department.
Dr David Coman and Jo Hardcastle had a very successful week teaching the nursing staff and working on the wards. They hope to return twice a year, so we should see them in December.
The annual national health conference starts on Tuesday 22nd, so Graham will be in Honiara for this, after which we are expecting more visitors from Australia, Honiara and the U.K. Fortunately the house for the Medical Superintendent is now ready and available for visitors from within the country or from overseas.
Time to pause and reflect: it is early Sunday morning and we are in church at Kokeqolo for the 6-30am service, listening to the unaccompanied voices harmonising as we await the preacher. It has been a beautiful sunrise and is pleasantly cool after the heat of yesterday.
It has been a week of intense activity in the hospital with the rotary team of 24 from Mackay & Rockhampton in Queensland re-roofed the out-patient building and did work on the hospital water supply with Jake, moving about 15 water tanks around to optimise collection and storage and so reducing our dependence on well water. The nurses from the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane left on Friday after teaching in the school of nursing. They also spent some time in the hospital, joining ward rounds, restocking the resuscitation trolleys on the wards and some teaching. We are expecting Prof David Coman and midwife Jo Hardcastle tomorrow for 5 days, also from the Wesley Hospital.
We have really missed Dr Katy, but we have heard today’s message from the gospel of Luke chapter 17. Only one out of the ten lepers turns back to fall at the feet of Jesus and praise God. Jesus tells him to “rise and go on your way”. We thank God for the time that Katherine was able to spend with us and pray for her as she returns to her paediatric work & training.
Helena Goldie Hospital is currently a scene of great activity with the arrival of our Rotarian friends (25 in total) from Queensland who plan to re-roof the out-patient building, connect our autoclave and work with Jake on our water supply. They also bring with them medical equipment for the hospital. The team will also work at two local schools over the next 2 weeks.
We are also delighted to have the Wesley Hospital team from Brisbane, whose planned visit in April was postponed due to the floods in Honiara. They have spent 2 days teaching in the college of nursing where they are always greatly appreciated by students and staff alike. Yesterday evening we enjoyed a meal with them in our small house – Rev Helen the chaplain, Wendy the team leader (her 9th visit) with Maxine & Katie, the two senior nurses selected for this year. The Wesley Hospital not only organises this bi-annual visit, but they also sponsor some of our nurse aides in the college of nursing and have provided valuable equipment including Kiwi Cups for assisting the delivery of babies. We are very grateful for this continuing support at the hospital and college.
Our current 3 University of East Anglia medical students have been with us for 10 days and are already thoroughly involved, taking the lead part in a health awareness presentation written by Katherine. Unfortunately it was postponed due to the heavy rain on Thursday evening. Katherine left us yesterday afternoon, the sadness of her leaving was compensated by the success of her visit. She had an amazing experience and helped us enormously: thank you. Please pray for her and for us as we move on.