Today’s day began with a 2 hour child mortality meeting with the Ghanain medical students. We discussed 10 different cases including asphyxia and bilirubin encephalopathy to name a few. Many of these cases contained children who only lived for about a few days. This was very upsetting to see. After the meeting, I resumed my work with the nurses logging in vitals and other patient data. Many of the patients were familiar from yesterday so I was aware of their diagnosis and medications. It was nice for me to get a scope of how the doctor progressed with the medications. I also met Emmanuel, a three month old child who was admitted for bronchopneumonia. He was a happy little guy despite being very sick. His mother and I had a brief conversation. She told me that she wants Emmanuel to either be a soldier or a doctor in the US. It’s great to see that Ghanaians have very high aspirations despite the environment and living conditions. I then did more work and then went home at 3:00. Today was a very relaxed evening as many people in my cohort had work to do including me. I have been noting down different diseases and medications that have come along my way. I find myself researching more about these things at home. Tomorrow, I hope to explore Cape Coast a bit more and also interact with the neighbors!
This is Emmanuel. He was a very cute little guy!
This is a picture of the outside of the hospital. Definitely feels more like a college campus than a hospital. The different buildings represent the many unique wards.