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Chickens and worms | Operatie Africa

Chickens and worms

Posted by on February 28, 2013

Last Friday we had a fun and busy day in the village. Joshua headquarters in the UK wants to do some fundraising around Easter time and for this reason we had to find a family with chickens! The first house with free ranging chickens we saw, we stopped the car and greeted the family. We agreed we could take pictures and meet the mother, the business woman of the family, later in the day. So we carried on to the feeding centre for the morning clinic.
This weeks’ clinic was at the centre where we, when we started the clinics in October, had lots of children complaining about abdominal pain, a symptom of a worm infection. This problem was caused by their water source; a water well. The water from a well is not treated, but their safe water source had been broken for some time. After securing their water source, (repairing the water bore holes) it was now time to treat the children for the worm infections. This week I was on my own with a translator and so had to see all the children myself. 61 children showed up; a very busy clinic! Fortunately there weren’t many serious problems with the children. After weighing and assessing them, we gave them the Albendazole tablets. Except for 2 or 3 children all the children chewed and swallowed them without trouble, followed by a cup of clean drinking water!

2 big tablets for a little child... but it kills the worms!


a nice cup of clean water!



After the clinic we dropped one child and her mom of at the nearest Health Centre. She presented with a fever and symptoms of malaria. We quickly had some local lunch, before we started the adult clinic in the afternoon. During the adult clinic we checked the Blood Pressure and gave the adults some diet advise to lower the risks of getting an high blood pressure.

On our way home, we stopped at the house with the free ranging chickens to have short interview with the mother, the business lady. I decided to stay in the car, as other people were responsible for this interview and the pictures. As I was sitting in the car, relaxing after a busy day, the 15yr old daughter of this family came up to the car, and started chatting with me. Her English was surprisingly good. After she found out that I was medical and working in the hospital, she told me she had a little accident 2 days before, and the nail of the big toe had come of completely! The big wound on the big toe didn’t look clean at all. So I got her to sit in the boot of the car, got the first aid box out and cleaned the wound right there, on the side of the road! After cleaning, I dressed the toe with the little we had with us and provided her with some extra band aids and sticky tape. Oh and advised her to keep the toe as clean as possible (and that in a dusty country without proper shoes…). She was so happy with the simple first aid we provided!

A great, surprising and blessed day out in the village!

Oh and I finished the day with a Youth meeting at the City Pentecostal Church where we talked about the value of life and issue of abortion. “Thank you Father for our lives and providing for us in every need we have! Amen”

Beautiful piece of Gods creation in Malawi

One Response to Chickens and worms

  1. Agaath

    Prachtig weer om te lezen!
    Blessings!
    Agaath

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