The Tertiary Sisters of St Francis operate 6 Hospitals in Cameroon. In addition they have 40 Health Clinics in out lying areas around the hospitals. These small clinics are staffed 24 hours a day by nurses and have 10-40 inpatient beds. The nurses do deliveries and provide medical care for large areas where there are no other health care facilities. Last Friday Terry and I traveled to Achain, the Clinic farthest from our hospital. The road goes up and over several mountains and at times was no more than a path. Most of the time the road is like a dry rocky river bed. The road is impassible during the rainy season, more than 6 months of the year. Sister was correct in predicting that the truck would need to go in for repairs when we got back. We lost the exhaust pipe after bottoming out one too many times.
The staff at Achain was friendly and were happy to see us. I think they were most happy to see the supply of medications and IV’s that we brought with us. We consulted on a large variety patients. One lady we saw had a large breast abscess. We were able to drain here abscess sparing her a difficult trip back to our hospital. The staff provided a wonderful lunch for us at the conclusion of the clinic. The rain may prevent us from a return trip to Achain.