Early in the morning, a hospital pick-up truck drove Junior and I from Lawra to Wechiau to deliver four hospital lamps. In Wechiau, we were greeted by Sinae, a Peace Corps volunteer who helped to coordinate the shipment. We were warmly welcomed into the community and given a room in a local government official’s house, true to the kindness and generosity that I love so much about Ghana. The truck carrying our second 40ft container of the summer arrived in Wechiau at dusk, so after a few terrifying tangles with electrical wires, we got the truck parked at the Wechiau Health Center for the night.
The following morning, the unpacking of the container went incredibly well! All of the supplies, equipment, and hospital beds were immediately sorted by item into waiting store rooms and the hospital staff were enthusiastic about the difference that these items will make in the health center’s ability to provide care.
Currently, the Wechiau Health Center is staffed by a group of dedicated nurses, and the director hopes that the health center will soon receive a doctor and become a “hospital.” The beds, drip stands, hospital carts, and supplies will help to stock a new ward that is currently under construction.