Monday, January 23, 2012

We made it to Mongu last Wednesday and have been settling into our houses! This weekend gave us plenty of time to explore the village of Mongu and noticed how welcoming and friendly the people are! A common phrase to hear as we walk down the street is "hello, how are you", "fine, how are you". We spent the weekends wandering through the village getting to know the green market (where we can buy fresh food), the black market (where we can buy shetangas, and souviners), and were directed to the best restaurants in town.

Today we completed our first day of clinical. Students were placed in wards through out Lewanika Hospital, including, medical, surgical, maternity, pediatrics, and a number of clinics through out the area. After our first day of clinical we are already noticing there are less resources and supplies readily avaliable, which can create some difficult tasks. However, there is a great amount of knowledge that the nurses, clinicains and doctors bring that will be helpful throughout the rest of our placements.

We look forward to the rest of our placements!

Sylvia and Sam

1 comment:

  1. GOOD LUCK! I'm so happy to hear that you've made it there safely and that you're already being welcomed into the community. I remember so clearly changing my "Hey, what's up?" To "Hello how are you?" "I'm fine, how are you?" "I'm fine". It's what every person, regardless if they only really speak Nyanja or Tonga (what is the primary language in Mongu, anyway?) knows how to say!

    Sending so much love!!!!

    Angi (and the Eddy famjam!)