Chaaria è un sogno da realizzare giorno per giorno.

Un luogo in cui vorrei che tutti i poveri e gli ammalati venissero accolti e curati.

Vorrei poter fare di più per questa gente, che non ha nulla e soffre per malattie facilmente curabili, se solo ci fossero i mezzi.

Vorrei smetterla di dire “vai altrove, perché non possiamo curarti”.

Anche perché andare altrove, qui, vuol dire aggiungere altra fatica, altro sudore, altro dolore, per uomini, donne e bambini che hanno già camminato per giorni interi.

E poi, andare dove?

Gli ospedali pubblici hanno poche medicine, quelli privati sono troppo costosi.

Ecco perché penso, ostinatamente, che il nostro ospedale sia un segno di speranza per questa gente. Non ci sarà tutto, ma facciamo il possibile. Anzi, l’impossibile.

Quello che mi muove, che ci muove, è la carità verso l’altro, verso tutti. Nessuno escluso.

Gesù ci ha detto di essere presenti nel più piccolo e nel più diseredato.

Questo è quello che facciamo, ogni giorno.


Fratel Beppe Gaido


domenica 11 marzo 2012

News of the strike


It is already 10 days since the nurses’ strike started and there is no news of an end to it so far.
Here in Chaaria the situation has been terrible from the beginning because the patients from many district and sub-district hospitals have been flocking to us looking for help.
We have always tried to cope with a lot of self sacrifice and commitment, but honestly we feel so tired and we realize that such a situation cannot continue for long without causing a collapse of our institution together with serious health problems for the staff.
Outpatient department is congested seven days a week, and at night sometimes the clients are more numerous than during the day. The laboratory is struggling to cope with the requests and we are to ask the staff for frequent overtime.
The wards are extremely overcrowded: this applies above all to paediatrics and maternity. In the childrens’ room we have reached the point of putting six or seven small patients per bed while the mothers just sit on the chairs even during the night. In maternity the conditions are even worse: yesterday for instance, in spite of being Saturday, we had 20 deliveries of which 4 through Caesarean section. The good thing is that normally a mother after delivery request to go home very soon. Even after Cesarean section we now discharge on day 4 post operation because we do not have beds. Yesterday there was a moment in which we had 5 deliveries in the same moment.
In a situation like this it is obvious that the night calls are extremely frequent: the average number of caesarean sections per night is now 3.
For reasons not very clear it is also a period of many attacks by thugs and it is very common to have multiple cuts to stitch and tendons to repair.
Weekends are full as normal working days and you can imagine how difficult it is for us working day and night seven days a week.
But we are also motivated. It is clear to our mind that it is exactly our mission to be there for the people who are rejected by the other health facilities. It is our call also according to Cottolengo spirituality and we are proud to be ready to follow in his steps.
Of course we long for the strike to come to an end.
Dr Giuseppe Gaido


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