A busy two weeks at Mkoba Clinic
February 9 2015

Mkoba Polyclinic is located in Gweru in a high density suburb; and even though it’s just a clinic, it is a medical service provider for over 47,000 people.   Our volunteers are helpful in many ways, which the community is so grateful for. During the last two weeks, there were two very significant things that have happened at the clinic: one was a generous donation from one of our volunteers and the other- a night shift to remember.

During this last week, the staff at Mkoba Polyclinic received a blood pressure machine donated by one of our lion volunteers.  This was an admirable thing for our volunteer to do; as she asked that the machine go to a place where there was a need for it.  Mkoba Polyclinic was in need of a blood pressure machine and when it was handed over they were truly grateful and touched; as not only would it benefit the clinic, but also the community as a whole.  We are grateful for the generosity of our volunteers and for the fact that they want to help those in need.

Another exciting development at the clinic happened during a recent nightshift as history was made at Mkoba Polyclinic.  Never have our medical volunteers ever experienced so many births in one night – four in total!  With so little staff in the clinic and on such a busy night, the volunteers’ presence and help was very needed and appreciated.  Mkoba Polyclinic is the biggest clinic that Antelope Park works with and has an average of 158 births a month.  In the past, there were shifts where volunteers had not managed to witness even one birth; but this nightshift was definitely one to remember- and certainly celebrate.  Let’s see what our volunteer, Tine, had to say about this unique experience:

 “I was on nightshift at Mkoba Polyclinic.  There were 4 births during this night, all girls.  I witnessed 3 of the births and I got to dress the babies and take their weight and measurements- so cute!  The mothers didn’t scream during the birthing process because they were told not to scream. It was quite a unique experience for me as it is really different from the way things are done in Norway as the midwives are harder to the mothers here in Zimbabwe.  It was definitely an interesting night- I didn’t sleep much, but it was worth it.”

Tine Bugodt, Norway, Medical and Lions Project

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