Last week, medical volunteers at Mtapa Polyclinic had the special opportunity to support an expectant mother during her labour. Despite being due to stay for only half a day, the mother was not far from giving birth, so volunteers requested to stay longer at the Clinic, allowing them to be part of this special experience. Volunteer coordinators hastily ‘made a plan’ and later that day, they welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world. The volunteers were also able to assist nursing staff with the new-born’s initial observations; an experience they will never forget!
Medical volunteers at the Mkoba Polyclinic were also on baby alert recently during a busy maternity booking day . They were there to assist clinical staff in taking observations and blood pressure of expectant mothers, which they then recorded ready for the mother’s next review. At the same time, Memory, Antelope Park’s Medical Coordinator, assisted in weighing babies and taking observations at the baby clinic.
Volunteers also helped out in the Clinic’s Outpatients Departments, where they supported busy nursing staff in patient observations and taking blood pressure, as well as attending to wound dressings.
Laura, a volunteer from Canada commented: "I really like helping the staff at Mkoba Polyclinic, because they include us in everything that they are doing."
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