Today, one of our student nurses shared a tragic story. Last June in Kenya, malaria was very prevalent. So many kids were needing treatment that the malaria testing couldn’t be done fast enough.
150 kids. 4 to a bed. Mothers there also. Imagine the chaos. 2 nurses for the entire ward. Essentially, the nurses would give meds to all the children, get to the end, and then turn and repeat.
Tragically, between 7am and 1pm 10 children died. I can’t even begin to imagine what that was like. Can you? We are so, so blessed here in Canada with our health care system.
Private health care can be purchased in Kenya but it is approx 20,000 Kenyan shillings per year.
Our visit to the Kakamega regional hospital today had to be postponed. Hopefully, we will go later this week. I don’t know if you are seeing the Nairobi news in Canada. More tragedy due to heavy rains.
Tomorrow’s clinic was announced at a funeral yesterday so large numbers are expected!
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Keep safe all of you. You are doing a wonderful job. As you say we are so lucky here.