Window on Kisiizi

Window on Kisiizi

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Day trip...

A group of us went to Kabale last weekend for a meeting of the Uganda Medical Association discussing ethical practice.

Travelling in the early morning over Shoko Hill was beautiful with the mist still lingering in the valleys.

We stopped at the top, not as fatigued as the two men who had reached the summit on their bicycles loaded with sacks of charcoal.

Peter, Paul, Ian, Bryony, James, Onesmus, Hanna
After some business, getting bank statements etc we went to the regional referral hospital for the meeting. Turns out the hospital has the same number of specialists as Kisiizi [5] but should on paper have far more.  We actually have more interns [6] than they do and have much higher activity levels.  This pattern is often seen in sub-Saharan Africa where a lot of the effective care in the rural poor areas is provided by church hospitals and units.

It turned out that the President of the Association is a lady who did the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London with Ian in 1984!  Also present was the chairman of the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council who seemed wise and kind and will maybe visit Kisiizi at some stage.

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