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A flashback to days as a District Health Officer

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Operating theatre
Operating theatre

The visit to Chibuto hospital today was like a trip back in time for me. The picture of the surgical theatre (right) so reminded me of the one I used to run when I was a district health officer in Malawi in the early 90's. Whilst the facilities may look fairly basic, the surgical team was complete, with anaesthetist, surgical specialist and surgical nurses, and this small theatre was kept busy with caesarean sections, appendicectomies, amputations and the like.

I've included a little photo gallery below of the rest of the hospital. It is clear that the hospital has seen better days, but the staff appeared to be hard working, and the level of use of the hospital indicated that the team must be doing something right. There are all sorts of things that additional funding could be used for, in terms of improving the quality of care, but given the limited resources that Mozambique has for health care, with less than £10 per head spent through the governments own systems (compared to over £1000 per person spent on health in the UK), this facility at least appeared to be doing a fairly good job with the limited resources available.

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