It was quite a pole pole (slow) day. The weather makes such a huge impact on our day since we don’t actually have a workspace at the hospital. With the wind and general coldness we managed to return all the fixed equipment to their prospective places and repair an oxygen concentrator. Even though a lot of our fixes are quite simple, it’s amazing how much of an impact switching a power cord/plug and epoxying some leaks can do. The nurse we returned the oxygen concentrator was SO happy today, she said we’d just made her work much easier because every time a patient needed oxygen she had to find a different one and drag it over (which are super heavy). The problems we’ve solved here are nothing like what you’d find in a developed country, or maybe even a private hospital because these problems would never occur due to well maintenance. I am very thankful that I’m lucky enough to be working at a location where I can make an impact, it might be small compared to the size of the hospital, but if I can do small things to make someone’s life easier then I’d consider that a success. We also found a pretty decent Tanzanian restaurant about 3 minutes from the hospital that served a good beef stew and rice lunch so I’m sure we’ll go back, especially if we’re in a hurry to get back to the hospital.
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