venerdì 25 settembre 2015

Permanently precarious

Today in Chaaria it has been the last working day for our Clinical Officer Lillian.
She has been employed by the County Government and she will go to the "Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital".
She has received the appointment letter on Wednesday, and she is supposed to report on duty in the new station already on Monday.
Actually for us it has been a big shock because she has left us so abruptly. Honestly speaking we have been caught a bit "off guard".
Lillian was in charge of the pediatric ward, of the hypertension clinic and of the reporting system for rape cases. She was also very senior in the outpatient department.
Now she has gone, before we were able to think of a substitute.
Honestly it is another very difficult moment for the hospital, also considering the fact that another clinical officer and a nurse have also been selected by the County and will leave our facility soon.
It is very discouraging for me to see our best staff leaving us, after they have grown so much, they got new skill and expertise and maybe they have been formed through so many seminars and courses.

It is like being always at "ground zero", because, any time you think you have somebody trustworthy, finally mature and responsible enough to take care of a big area in the hospital, he/she will go...and you must start from scratch again and again.
Normally we are able to employ only very young staff, without any
experience: many times they come from school and they have no working experience at all;sometimes they lack a true commitment to our hospital: maybe they have come here to work, while waiting for "greener pastures" for which they have already sent applications. When they get a better place, they will surely go (maybe without notice):
and so the circle continues and we are like cameleons, making one step ahead and two behind.
Lillian has been so good for Chaaria, and for me she has been not only a colleague but above all a friend. I will really miss her as a person and as a very skillful clinician.
I wish her all the best in her future endeavors, sure that the fact that she will work in "Meru Level 5 Hospital" will give us still opportunities to collaborate.
I cannot hide my frustration any way, but I know that life is like that, and that nobody is permanent in Chaaria. I know that we must move on, and today we have started searching for a new clinical officer.

Bro Beppe

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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

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