Today we visited the Liwolo Clinic which is situated around 1 hour and a half (25 miles!) from the Bishop’s house. It has been running since last September when the team were there for the grand opening. We were really encouraged (Maggie especially as she had seen it in its early form), to see the way the clinic has been used and the commitment and expertise of the staff. We were welcomed warmly (as always!) and enjoyed lunch with the employees and board members. Today, the clinic had ongoing treatment for three children with malaria. One was malnourished and therefore small for her age (2 and a half years old). Another child patient was 8 months old. There was also a steady stream of patients waiting to be seen for other minor injuries/illnesses. Since opening, 12 babies have been born in the clinic of which, the mothers have benefited from pre-natal and post-natal care.
The local community elder spoke very highly of the work the clinic was doing and was also very grateful to the CRESS supporters who have given money to finance the project. Emmanuel, the Clinical Assistant/Chief Nurse, was delightful and has worked for 10 months without a break. His commitment, knowledge and skill are admirable. The rest of the staff team were equally joyful and hardworking.
The CRESS team were able to present to Mary, the lab technician, with a laptop which she had requested a while ago. Also donated were baby clothes, drugs and medical equipment to the clinic. What is evident from this visit is that they are desperately in need of added storage/shelving among other things!
Cilla and Ellen, who have visited for the first time today, are writing this blog and so our impression of the clinic is one of amazement. It was very moving to see what has been achieved in the last 10 months and the difference it has made to many South Sudanese lives.
That supports CRESS because you are the people that have enabled this great work to be done.
Also thank you to everyone too who donated items that we have brought over, with particular mention for Rob Legge who has worked so hard to meet specific requests.