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Arrived to the sight of Mount Kilimanjaro

Thursday, 26 October, 2017
Arrived to the sight of Mount Kilimanjaro

Arrived to the sight of Mount Kilimanjaro shrouded in cloud as the rainy season is finishing. The hospital is as busy as ever. The team met up with Professor Alomi, the director of hospital services, before going onto the wards. We are preparing patients for the arrival of the plastic surgeon from Australia on Monday. During the ward round we met a young mother of a four-month-old baby who could not afford the medication to treat her epilepsy. During a seizure she had fallen onto the cooking fire. She had been lying there for more than an hour before her mother returned from the fields. The burns to both hands and arms were very severe. It is hoped that the surgeon will be able to save her hands but we will have to wait until Tuesday to find out whether or not she is a suitable patient for reconstructive surgery. We spent some time talking to Dr Kondo, the head of surgery, to discuss arrangements for the training sessions on burns management. Although we had thought perhaps 20 doctors and nurses would attend, the numbers had grown to more than 50, with doctors, surgeons and nurses due to travel to KCMC from hospitals across the Kilimanjaro region.  Our one day symposium had become a four day training course! The demand for specialist training is greater than we had thought!