Meskine Doctor Report — Part 2

June 11, 2018

In the fall of 2017, two European doctors came to Meskine Hospital to examine potential cleft lip and other head and neck surgical cases. On June 1, we posted Part 1 of the doctors’ report on their visit. The warm welcome, sense of humor, and number of patients waiting to see the European doctors were all an encouraging surprise for the visitors. Here is Part 2 of the report:

“I am impressed how well the interlocking of departments and the idea of working together for the benefit of the patients seem to function here. Visiting the pharmacy, the triage area for major accidents – where the hospital crew managed several major military incidents from Nigeria, as I am told, the maternity unit with some very competent midwives, the well-informed specialist for tuberculosis and leprosy and the wards for the male and the female patients, underlines my impression.

The personnel is interested in doing a good job and make the work at the hospital a success. That is not self-evident in an African hospital.

The pastor (chaplain) is a man of good humor and explains that he visits all the patients, no matter whether Protestant, Catholic, Muslim or any other religion. Suffering is universal, he says. And where spiritual relief is needed, he is happy to contribute to it.

In the operating theatre there are no patients today, but the operating and anesthesia nurses show me around. Some of them have already joined Dr Max in the ENT-consultation for accelerating the processes and asking the specialist some questions. They want to learn from him to improve their own work.

When we leave in the late afternoon and several friendly hands wave us goodbye, I think about what I experienced today: a small and fine hospital in a vulnerable zone of the country with employees who – despite the difficult circumstances - identify with 'their' hospital, focusing on the welfare of the patients, having a team spirit and a professional interest in good healthcare standards. That deserves our deep respect.”

We agree.

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