It was a colorful sunrise today. A statue of Cristo Rei greeted the Pacific Partnership 2011 medical team as the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1665 delivered us ashore for a day of work at the Taibesi medical site in Timor-Leste.
Volunteers were reminded of the need for care, driving though the run down parts of Dili, making their way to the Taibesi site. The medical site, located on the grounds of a newly built school, seemed to sprout right out of a field.
People were waiting in line for the Project HOPE volunteers and their military counterparts. By the end of the busy day, the team treated just over 700 people.
Volunteer Nurse Christina Grass assisted with wound care for most of the day.
"It went really well, we were able to treat all the people that came for care,” she says. “The most common cases we treated were just small scratches and sores that little children kept itching, such as chicken pox sores. We did see a serious case involving a tumor.”
Grass also treated a Timorese girl with an infected finger. “I gave her a shot to slow the spread of the infection, and informed the mother she needed to take her daughter to the hospital immediately.”
Volunteer, Joyce Cleavenger, a Nurse Practitioner, also worked with many children at the Taibesi site. "There were many cases of children with coughs, which was a mix of asthma and bronchitis," says Cleavenger.
As a very successful first day at the Taibesi medical site came to a close, the volunteers continue to find the stamina needed to complete their final days of work in Timor-Leste.
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