Three Hectic Weeks

A three week gap between posts reflects the hectic nature of the last three weeks. The highlight for us was the thirteen day visit of our son Christopher and daughter-in-law Rachel. As non-medical people they were able to make a significant contribution to the work at the hospital as well as enjoying the Solomon Island experience. They arrived in Munda with Graham who had been at the annual National Health Conference in Honiara, leaving Jenny to host the acting Prime Minister and his delegation for the presentation of $2 Million (Solomon) awarded to the hospital by the government, courtesy of R.O.C. Taiwan. We are very grateful for this boost to the ailing hospital finances. Steve Pearce from Methodist Church House in London had arrived in Munda the previous afternoon for a visit and we had an enjoyable afternoon together.
Plans for an island picnic organised by Soraya for Christopher & Rachel had to be postponed after a stabbing in the early hours of Saturday morning. Graham escorted the victim to Honiara the same day with a chisel protruding from his back. The island visit was enjoyed on Tuesday with snorkelling, coconut boules and fish cooked on a fire on the beach. We were grateful that two of the U.K. medical students were able to cover the hospital in our absence, the third was languishing with dengue fever but is now recovering. He was unable to play his leading role in a health drama held outdoors under the moon-lit sky in the nearby village of Kindu. Christopher stepped into this role and the two U.K. nursing students joined the cast as wives.

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