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This summer I decided to go to Ghana where I volunteered in many different places however I frequently returned to The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.
On my arrival, I was shown on a tour through all he wards, and as soon as I walked through the door there was an overwhelming smell of faeces, not the antiseptic smell that I’m used to. It was nauseating . The wards were so stuffy and there was no ventilation except a few fans that were rotating so slowly, they might as well not have been on. I could tell the humidity was causing the patients discomfort and I saw the nurses when they had a free moment, fanning the patients with just scraps of paper in any attempt to cool them down.
One of the most difficult things I experienced whilst there was realising how badly they lack resources. When my friends and I donated just a few boxes of gloves and bandages, you could tell how grateful they were and I saw what such a tiny thing like an extra box of bandages could do and made me more determined to help. On my second week at the hospital I was told that there was a shortage of oxygen and that it had to be flown in from Accra which would take at least a day. Personally, I was a bit panicked as I had never been in a situation like this. However the doctors were calm, which suggested that this might have happened before, its just shocking that people can become accustomed to something like this.
When I was rounds, I met one of the humanitarian workers who told me about patients cases where they could not have the surgery because they could not afford. I visited the paediatric ward and met the sweetest boy who was 14 years old, just one year younger than me who had fell from a coconut tree and received femur fractures. His family could not afford the surgery and was told he would only be able to walk again with crutches and would be in severe pain.
This was the just one of the heartbreaking cases I saw out there, and coming back to UK I wanted to do all I could to help.
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