Bad Medicine?

Over the last 48 hours, three of my children have required medical care. The kind of medical care that is an easy fix. You call, you go to the lab, they call and then you run to the pharmacy. Problem solved. But, when you don’t have that kind of care, you have problems. Kids get dehydrated, their fevers spike and they run the risk of becoming seriously ill. Some children actually die from things that could be fixed with medication that costs less than $20. So, with this in mind when I headed to Ghana the first time, I thought about all the things that could be accomplished if the orphanage had its own clinic. A child with a fever, in the heat, could be spared so much discomfort with a simple bottle of Tylenol. It shouldn’t matter whether or not that child lives in the community or at the school.  The orphanage director would never turn them away. All the staff agreed. Does anything else matter? The community needs it too. Then, God brought us a doctor that had access to medications like the kind that just comforted my children this week. Amazing.

There are people out there who actually think that these supplies aren’t necessary. That helping the community and the school stay healthy isn’t a priority. Since Joe has been there the orphanage director has been to the clinic twice with two separate children AND a child fell on the stone steps and beat herself up pretty badly (she’s ok, but it hurts) AND one of the volunteers is ill. We still don’t need an infirmary? Get real. Or, go stay at the orphanage and see what FPD has seen, then tell us that we don’t need it.

who is feeling more than a little annoyed.

3 thoughts on “Bad Medicine?

  1. Which of those who don’t want an infirmary is stepping forward to pay for the clinic visits, or Kingsley’s time and gas to take the kids there? Put up or shut up. I suppose a simple “Amen” would have been sufficient, but I’m annoyed today too.

  2. I’m annoyed today too.Glad to see I’m in such good company. If this particular american were to stay at the school for more than a few hours at a time, would she see? I doubt it. Sometimes we just see what we want. Some times no matter what, our eyes don’t open wide and take in what is before us!

  3. I guess I’m out of the loop because I can’t imagine who wouldn’t want an infirmary. I mean, seriously – picture your children at school (here in the US)….would you want the school nurse to disappear? Now multiply that by the severity of what can happen on your average day in Ghana. Add into it that in order to be a state-recognized orphanage, there MUST be one. Sheesh.

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