I am working at the Regional Hospital in Koforidua, Ghana, for six weeks. Koforidua is a smaller city just north of the capitol, Accra, which is on the coast. Ghana is said to be the safest and friendliest country in West Africa, with a rich culture and very warm people. Their medical facilities are also significantly understaffed. (For example, the next available slot for a non-emergent surgery is November 28th – today is May 30th. And I thought having to schedule an appointment with my doctor 2-3 months in advance was bad!!) I will work to do as much as I can with patients (take vital signs, take them where they need to go, and bandage wounds) in order to free up doctors to do other tasks. However, my biggest and most important goal here is to learn as much as possible so that I can one day return and be able to do much more!
- Janice Harlow ’09