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November 10th, 2014 by Dennis Salter

It is so great to become part of the team here.  I don’t feel at all like a stranger or a visitor.  The longer I am there, the more I get into the day to day struggles and challenges of caring for these dear people.


It is a great experience to have the theory of the hybrid course come to life in real people!  Today I was in on the delivery of a new baby.  The mother found out after she became pregnant that she was HIV +.  She started Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) to Prevent Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).  Mom delivered a beautiful baby girl.  The baby was posterior presentation.  The cord was around the neck but the cord was clamped and cut and everything turned out well.  Hopefully the baby will not be HIV +.


I also had a newly diagnosed sickle cell patient in the ER.  He had been having unexplained episodes of pain and he actually asked us to test him.  The test came back positive for Sickle Cell.


It is official!  My presentation will definitely be on Ebola and I am presenting this on Friday to all staff.  Mr. Botwe is eager to have all staff present and he is highly encouraging staff to attend.  The challenge is to present the infection control recommendations within this low resource environment.