A Tropical Storm at last to give us a break from the exhausting heat – even the locals are complaining that hem hot tumas! We certainly know that we are back with Jenny thrust into the clinical work as Dr Aliziru (the Solomon Island doctor who has been left in charge during Dr Dina’s absence) went for a well-earned break. Although the hospital is not too full, there are some very sick patients keeping her busy. Graham arrived from Honiara a few days later and has been confronted with the administration of a hospital struggling to maintain the service to the local community as a result of financial constraints and problems with infrastructure. There is no money set aside for maintenance, so even the newer houses are starting to rot in this hot and damp climate, and the termites are always ready to attack. Despite these problems the local people continue to run their lives, dividing themselves between their families and their work.They were pleased to see us back at Helena Goldie after several months away.
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