Monthly Archives: December 2013

Hair today, gone tomorrow

In addition to our workload on the wards, every day there was a busy outpatient department to man. Over the years, this had morphed into medicine staffing what was effectively a walk in emergency and general practice type situation, as … Continue reading

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A jab in the arm

One of the benefits of growing up in New Zealand was that I was a lot luckier than a lot of children in the world. I was born in a country that had a comprehensive immunisation programme. I had parents … Continue reading

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Masterchef Katete

As part of our volunteer deal, we were entitled to one meal in the hospital mess a day. Those already there had opted to have dinner as the shared meal, partly because after long days in the wards, it was … Continue reading

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Early morning, July the fourth

Shots ring out, in the Katete sky. Weekends around St Francis are not normally overly action packed. So when gunshots woke me from my Saturday morning sleep in, it didn’t look like I was going to get the ten hour … Continue reading

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The Slimming disease

The prevalence of HIV in the general population of Zambia is a staggering 12.7% (UNAids 2012), mostly distributed amongst the younger generations. I hospital, we see a lot of the sharp end of the stick, with a significant chunk of … Continue reading

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Too many patients, not enough patience

The end of June saw the departure of the old guard that had been there for 6 months or a year. Due to UK job change over happening in early August, there is often a deficit in doctors as many … Continue reading

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