The Weekend at Macha
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Saturday began with rounds on the hospital wards. Wanda sprinkled students between pediatrics, female and maternity wards. Rounds are a terrific opportunity for our students to apply prior pathophysiology and pharmacology learning to new situations not seen commonly in the US
After lunch, we took a 20 minute walk to the local restaurant for some ice cream. A dish of ice cream was 8,000 kwacha. That sounds expensive but equals about $1.65 in US dollars so pretty darn reasonable. We ended the day with a movie relevant to the health care issues in Zambia, The Constant Gardner. The fictional murder mystery is set primarily in Africa and the story is related to a tuberculosis epidemic and an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company.
Church today was a 20 minute walk of navigating muddy streams of water from heavy rains. Our native expert on all the footpaths & roads, Wanda, knows which path to take when it's muddy & which path is the quickest when it's dry. Wanda pointed out the original hospital where her father worked in Macha built in the 1920's -30's
We just took an afternoon walk to the dam since the sun came out after lunch. Tonight the students are invited to attend the Christian Nursing Fellowship meeting at the Macha School of Nursing. We hope your weekend has been fun, too.
Amani, Wanda & Tara