Night Duty At Ghana’s Baptist Med Center

September 3rd, 2013 by Carmella Caldwell



Last night was the first night I was on call. It was pretty steady until around 3AM. I admitted people for convulsions, malaria, abdominal pain, diarrhea, possible meningitis, respiratory failure, inability to urinate, sickle cell crisis…just to name a few. I also delivered a baby in between. Here at the BMC I definitely get to use all of my skills as a family practice doctor. Here instead of labs, physical exam is extremely important. Good physical exam and paying attention to details make a world of a difference. The one thing I absolutely despise is walking the dark dirt road at night. From my house to the hospital it’s approximately 1/2 a mile each way. I at least made 6 round trips last night.


It’s like all of the insect sounds are magnified, numerous shadows appear out of nowhere, bats swooping from trees, walking blindly into spider webs….a flashlight can only do so much! (lol) One beautiful thing about the pure darkness in Nalerigu is that you can see the stars and appreciate God’s beautiful creation. It’s simply amazing! On to the randomness….I’m just go to share a few pictures with you that I have accumulated thus far. DISCLAIMER: Each and every individual/patient was asked permission to take pictures and use on my blog.