An Antelope Park volunteer took her assistance at Mkoba Polyclinic to a new level last week. When clinic staff were having difficulty communicating with a patient who spoke only French, medical Volunteer Carine was able to step in and translate.
Carine, from France, was pleased to be able to help. ‘I assisted the nurses taking blood pressure and observations of pregnant women who came in for their check-ups. There was one lady from the Congo that the clinic staff could not communicate with. I had the opportunity to assist in translating, so the nurse could complete her check-up. It was extremely interesting to visit the clinic. I noticed such difference compared to clinics and hospitals in France and England. Daniel, the Sister-in-Charge, introduced us and briefed us about the work the clinic does. We felt very welcomed’.
Memory, Mkoba Polyclinic’s Medical Coordinator, recently took delivery of extremely important anti-psychotic medication. This drug is in short supply. When the Clinic runs out, it is up to the patient to purchase their own from the pharmacy. Most are unable to afford to do this, so miss out on the medication they need. Thanks to a generous donation, the Clinic is now in possession of enough medication to allow these patients for three month’s supply.
If you would like to join ALERT as a Medical Volunteer, you can find out more details here.