two days a week, I spend my day at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, here in Blantyre. QECH is the largest referral hospital in Malawi, with approximently 1100 beds, spread out over a massive land area. It is interesting, because, apparently, when they were designing this place, it must of thought it would be unwise to go "up" in building, so they just went a single story... so, it is perhaps the most sprawling hospital that I have ever been in.
Have I ever mentioned how much I am a big fan of public health care? Think what you might, but I think that health is a human right~ not something that you should have to pay for. and, that is why it thrills me that I get to be doing my clinical rotation in a public hospital in Malawi. I was even a patient there, during my week of explosive diarreah. and, I when i was brought there, I was asked "Are you scared?" um... no?
they do have qualified doctors and nurses, right? (yes)
they do have medications if needed, right? (sometimes. Mostly yes.)
they do have ability to do diagnostic tests, right? (yes. though it took 30 minutes to find a urine dipstick)
they do have sterile syringes and equipment, right? (yes)
am I scared? nope. Because despite the problems with public health care (especially in resource poor situations), I want to encourage it. and, I trust in it.