A Long Dry Spell after the Cyclone

After the wet and windy weather associated with the cyclone, we have now experienced 3 weeks without rain, resulting in empty rain-water tanks around the hospital and the local community. The market has not recovered so there is a relative shortage of fruit and vegetables, especially bananas and paw-paws. Medically we have had to transfer 2 patients by aeroplane to Honiara, one of these, a 3 day old baby with bowel obstruction went this morning.

Graham went to Gizo on Monday and met with Soraya, who is now very busy in her new position as hospital secretary there. He has been busy preparing for the Board meeting which took place yesterday (Thursday): the first meeting of the year. Unfortunately he has been put out of action by an attack from 3 of the wild dogs which roam the hospital compound. Hopefully he will make a speedy recovery.