During our second week in Ghana, some of our time was spent at the Notre Dame Health Clinic. I was particularly excited to go see the clinic and how it differed from our clinics back home. The clinic was small, and not as private as ours back home. I took special interest in the maternity ward because I have a child myself. Women essentially shared rooms while giving birth. There was a wall (that didn’t touch the ceiling) or curtain that divided them. There was a little gap that the workers (we know them as midwifes) would run back and forth between to help different patients. Probably the most striking difference was how they recorded and kept health records. In America, all we know is computers. Who takes records via paper and pen anymore? In the Notre Dame Clinic they had stacks and stacks and stacks of patient records that date back years. Could you imagine how time consuming that is? We can pull up a file in a matter of seconds! Something I was lucky enough to witness was Doctor Nick Jackson present the Notre Dame Clinic with donated computers. The look of gratitude on their faces was priceless! Next project: Getting the computers hooked up, working, and all the patient files into the computers!
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