Ngora Freda Carr Hospital
the April 2017 team members at the Ngora Freda Carr Hospital
visits by the District 1090 Vocational Training Team to Freda Carr Hospital and Nursing School
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The first full team visit was in April 2017. Aisha Alzouebi, a member of Elthorne-Hillingdon Rotary and an obstetrics and paediatrics doctor, was the team leader, having previously been on many of the visits to Kamuli Mission Hospital. She was joined by Gillian Pearce, also a member of Elthorne-Hillingdon Rotary and a midwife, and Jacqui Gillbanks, a midwife from Banbury.
Freda Carr hospital was built in the 1920s and is a non-governmental hospital supported by the protestant church. The hospital sees an average of 1,000 patients each month and delivers about 30 babies each month.
The hospital provides care to a population of 145,000 directly and up to 250,000 indirectly. There are also 12 health centres in the area. There are just 2-3 doctors at the hospital and the maternity ward is often managed by student nurses from the adjacent nursing school.
Other NGOs have supported initiatives such as a voucher scheme for maternity care and the provision of delivery kits to expectant women. Mosquito nets are used and there is an ambulance service between the health centres and hospital. There is also a library and computing skills lab in the nursing school. Both the hospital and the local areas are however poorer than Kamuli Mission Hospital and the local area was when Jim and Gillian first visited it in 2009 and 2010. And there is a similar problem of staff retention, in part related to the poor staff accommodation. The guest accommodation at the hospital, which the team members used, had been recently refurbished but was very basic and in need of some further work.
There is therefore great potential for the training team visits to Ngora Freda Carr Hospital to have a huge impact.
The team members found that it was a pleasure to teach the students: they were eager for hands on practice but they also were well informed and asked questions. The team trained 120 third and second year student nurses and midwives. They did encourage the student doctors and trained staff to attend, however due to such shortage of qualified healthcare professionals, this was difficult. 2 tutors came for a couple of the sessions during the morning. They were all eager to learn and it was evident that they were already applying some of the current advice from the World Health Organisation. They have three tutors, two of whom are part time.
The hospital, nursing school, District Health Officer and health centres are all very supportive of the planned programme of visits by the training team. As before at Kamuli Mission Hospital, the team will also provide training equipment, to be left at the hospital for the tutors to use in classes. The hope is that basic equipment can also be provided for staff from the local health centres who will attend the training.
Plans are currently underway for a second visit in April 2018.
updated 12Jan 2018
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