Many members of Project HOPE's fourth
rotation were not able to make it ashore for the first day of the
mission due to rain. As many waited excitedly for the moments to board
the helicopters they were faced with delays.
A couple members from the team were able to make it ashore and helped over 100 people that waited through the rain.
"It was a bit primitive; people were waiting in bleachers with just a bit of cover. It started to rain and the people didn't leave, they waited, before we got there someone set-up some sanitary conditions for us, so we could start taking care of people," said Nora Hussey one of the few members of Project HOPE that made it out. "We were not sure if we could see the people, because the other teams were not able to make it out, but we started seeing patients after we set-up."
There were about three providers to a room while other staff started to screen patients. Hussey saw a wide age range of people from about one-year-old to 75-years-old.
A few of the other nurses, who were not able to make it ashore, went though some of the pre-operational procedures on the ship. During the afternoon hours many were able to participate in a lecture about different fungal infections they may find in the field while treating patients.
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