Drs Dina and Zotei have taken the opportunity of a public holiday (the official birthday of the Queen here) to take a long weekend trip to Marovo Lagoon. They left at 5 am on Friday and will return on Monday. Fortunately the out-patient department was quiet on Friday, as General Ward was very busy with 2 patients needing transfer by air to Honiara for bowel surgery. Sadly a young man died yesterday (Satruday) from overwhelming septicaemia, having transferred here from Choiseul Province, where they still have no doctor. We felt very sad as we watched the family leave from this hospital with the body in an open canoe, powered by two small engines, to travel for 4 hours across open sea with no shade from the sun. They looked so vulnerable but their capacity to embrace life and death humbles us.
Jenny hopes to go back to Choiseul next month for a short stay. Graham is off to Honiara for the Provincial Directors’ annual meeting. Munda airstrip is busy now that Gizo has been closed for upgrading and this morning we witnessed all the Premiers from the different provinces arrive here to a traditional warrior welcome before being transferred to Gizo by boat.
On Sunday morning at the church in Kokeqolo over 90 young people were confirmed, the culmination of a youth rally during the week.