Thursday, 3 September 2009
I had the unfortunate opportunity to attend a 6 month old's funeral today. One of our construction workers at the hospital had a baby pass away with malaria this morning and Bob and I went to the funeral. It was nothing like anything I had experienced before. There was no show of emotion of any kind by anyone, even by the father, Agibe. The baby was wrapped in a little white cloth and then wrapped in a white goat's skin. This is a muslim family, so after the washing of the body and the placement in the wraps, the body was faced to the east with her head propped up with a rock and the chants offered to Ala. We just pray that these people will see who the true God is and that he loves them enough to die for them. I just want them to see the true God. The baby was then taken to the burial site and buried. It was very sobering going through this. I just thank God for my healthy family. Malarial is killing tons of kids right now with this being malaria season. We are getting 3 plus kids a day that would die without the hospital's intervention. Pray for wisdom and strength for the doctor's during this busy season. Our house help's wife was hospitalized last week with malaria and we are thankful she went home after a couple of day on treatment.
The first picture is of our two guards and the boys, Jeffrey and Daniel. The next picture is of Renee and myself working on an oxygen concentrator. Bob, Renee and myself were making a unit that could work without power for five minutes for the patients that need uninterrupted oxygen. The electric power here is not consistent and we need generators. It takes about 2-3 minutes for the generators to get powered up and we don't want to loose anyone because of lack of oxygen. This was the proto-type. A little R and D goes a long way here.
Have a good rest of the week.