The Liwolo Clinic was officially opened on 22nd September but had already saved lives in the weeks leading up to the celebration. Those that visited and received treatment included:
On the day that Maggie Metcalfe visited during the annual trip in September three children were treated by Lulu Emmanuel with IV fluids and some with antibiotics for persistent fever and dehydration. Five pregnant women were seen by Selina for antenatal history taking and check in just one the afternoon. These women will be seen again through their pregnancy and notes were started which will be continued and hopefully contribute to a safer labour and birth. It is anticipated that more and more local women will present for antenatal care once the clinic is open for this facility.
Before the drugs arrived Emmanuel could not always use antibiotic of choice so had to make a decision about the most suitable type available. Also they were not able to make definitive diagnoses regarding malaria or type of bacteria until they had access to a lab technician.
As you can see the clinic was already making a difference before its official opening and now with a midwife employed and the provision of antenatal care safer births and improved mortality will be achieved. In addition, with a lab technician now working at the clinic diagnosis will be quicker and right and vital drugs will be received to prevent unnecessary deaths from preventable diseases