After the chaos of unpacking, Junior got a ride back to Kumasi with the trucking company, and Sinae and I settled in to a routine of cooking omelets, spending our days at the health center, and finishing the evenings with Planet Earth. Wechiau is small community consisting of a strip of paved road, which connects the health center, school, and daily market, and is surrounded by farmland. There is a hippo sanctuary in the area, so although remote, Wechiau does get visited by the occasional group of backpackers.
After the past few days of meetings and unpacking, my MedPLUS polos were filthy and I was ready to take a break from explaining paperwork and passing out business cards! Dressed in our dirtiest cloths and dripping with sweat, we spent the morning unpacking boxes of computers and electrical equipment. Part way through the morning, Sinae made a side comment that the health center director and administrator seemed to be dressed very fancy…something that both of us assumed was coincidence…until the TV cameras showed up 15 minutes later. I had NO idea that the district was bringing in media or a film crew (I had been informed that they told were booked elsewhere) so I was hot, dirty, and totally unprepared.
I was interviewed on GTV (Ghana’s main news network) and for several local newspapers…fingers crossed that I didn’t make too much of a fool of myself! Regardless, it was very nice for Wechiau’s District Chief Executive (similar to a mayor) to come out to speak at the media event, and I hope this will bring some good publicity to MedPLUS Connect.