For the last two weeks of training we visited King Faisal hospital and Muhima hospital. I was so excited to visit King Faisal hospital because it is one of the best and well equipped hospitals in Rwanda. When we went there we did not expect to find many equipment to work on, but surprisingly the eight of us that went there repaired six equipment that were then put back on the floor.
At Muhima hospital, we did not repair many equipment because they required spare parts
that we did not have access to. We repaired bladders of two cuffs that were
malfunctioning due to leakage.
We also visited Agahozo Shalom youth village which is a non-profit whose aim is to
provide vulnerable and orphaned youth with necessary healing and education. We built
an ECG simulator with some of the students, and each one got to keep it.
During the final week of training we organized an EWH championship where we split
into two teams and played football.
The sad part is always when you have to say goodbye to the people you spent time with
even when you are going to see each other after a month or less!
This past week we started working as volunteer biomedical technicians in the
maintenance department of Rwamagana hospital. The staff of the hospital that we have
met so far is so friendly and welcoming. We got to know that the biomedical technicians
there do not only work on biomedical equipment, but are also responsible for distributing
oxygen, repairing doors, and changing lamps. It was helpful to work with one of the
biomedical technicians for half a day because we got to learn all of those skills.
Some of us started in seed form not knowing many names of hospital equipment, but we
germinated and grew, and we are now ready to bloom and make an impact at our
assigned hospital placements!