The PINCC crew arrived safely in Cameroon without much fanfare. We spent a day-or too -getting over jet lag and today had our first day of work at the Bethesda Mission Hospital.
the Hospital is a lovely little Oasis with well attended grounds and gracious staff.
Joseph, nurse anesthetist, and hospital administrator extraordinaire, had everything ready for us as he had a promised. The rooms had been emptied out and mainly set up, the patients were waiting for us and 12 trainees came ready to learn. Approximately 1/2 of the trainees were returning trainees. Two of them had travelled 2 days from the north of Cameroon to be with us.
truthfully , I think they were a bit disappointed that we were mainly a new crew. They send salutations to all the members from the last PINCC trip.
We got to work promptly at 8:00 and then Ginger Ruddy, our fearless French speaking medical director gave a lecture in perfect French and the rest of the volunteers got by with our rudimentary language skills. We saw about 25 pts the first day and nothing terrible or even bad happened. We were thrilled and the trainees seemed pleased too.
Eve Yalom. Ob Gyn
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