August 06, 2007

A note from Dr. Petty- May-July 2007

A note from Dr. Petty- May-July 2007

This, my second visit to Hopital Femmes et Enfants, was at the time of the celebration of the hospital’s one year anniversary and over 1000 deliveries later.

It is a blessing that each weekday, the day starts with one half hour of worship and devotions both in French and the local Bambara language. Words like Yesu (Jesus), Aleluya (Allelujah), Ala (God), Matigi (Lord), and Amiina (Amen) fill the songs. A prayer time is held for personal and corporate needs after a devotional. At the end of the worship, everyone shakes everyone else’s hand and says, “May the Lord bless you” in any language. It is a wonderful way to reestablish relationships for that day and start the day in a positive frame of mind.

My experience was excellent. Some knowledge of French is most helpful even though it might have an American accent. The staff is most supportive.

Patient problems cover the gamut. The hospital has a reputation for excellence. This is well deserved because everyone works above and beyond in order to give excellent care. The hospital is a sought after place of employment. So those hired have excellent skills or excellent learning potential if they are coming on to be trained. Each is committed and compassionate.

Because obstetrics is a day and night activity, the staff is equipped to handle emergencies at all times. The post partum care for premature babies is exceptionally outstanding. After one premature baby was helped through many difficulties for one month, finally she had a problem causing her death. Her mother and grandmother had been at the bedside, watching the excellent 24 hour care. When they left, the grandmother said, “I want to follow Jesus.” Jesus said, “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Mt. 5:16. This is being done 24 hours a day at the Hopital Femmes et Enfants in Koutiala.

I have been blessed to be a part of this effort.

William M. Petty, M.D.

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