During the dry season we experience the Harmattan Winds. They originate in the Sahara Dessert picking up dust and then depositing it throughout Sub-Saharan West Africa. As a result of the dryness and irritation to the respiratory tract the rate of Respiratory infections rise. Currently 80% of the patients in the medical wards have pneumonia. Unfortunately pneumonia, coupled with malnutrition and other diseases like HIV, can be a real killer. Several patients have died the last 2 weeks with pneumonia. We at least have fewer cases of Malaria with the dry weather.
Jim and Terry Hake have been at St. Martin de Porres Hospital in Njinikom, Cameroon since July 2010. With the prayerful support of their family and friends, and relying on Our Lord to be their daily companion, they are in the second year of a three year mission.