Back to the Hospital

Philippines Rural Hospital
February 25, 2012
Slow day in Samar
February 26, 2012

I rode back out the the rural health department building. The toilet is now repaired with a new drain line installed.

I was doing a training class for several midwives that are not trained have no equipment, never seen a fetal heart doppler or blood glucose meter. They are really baby catchers / cord cutters…. While I am training them, I noticed a woman with a small baby being interviewed by the RN in charge.

After showing the ‘midwives’ how to check a fetal heart beat with the fancy new doppler I gave them and I left them to play with a patient, I walked back out to the waiting area and saw the woman and baby had left. I asked the RN what was her issue. Well, she has a 10 day old baby and it has not pooped in 7 days and now has a fever and she has no money, so she was told to find money to buy a ducalax suppository for the baby and then sent away! I don’t know about you, but for me, that is a sure fire way to end up with a dead baby.

So I had one of the translators I use chase the mom down and give her 500 pesos ($11.80) so she can travel to the hospital and have the baby evaluated by a doc and then buy some real medications.

Anyone ever thought about what an eye chart looks for the illiterate? See the picture……

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