News from Malawi from Karolina and Piotr Siwicki, who have been working as a volunteers in Blantyre hospital for almost a year:
We were very happy to give us a recent gift for our hospital - a brand new ultrasound machine. The purchase, transport and transfer of equipment was arranged by Ewa Piekarska, President of the Polish Medical Mission. So far in the hospital, we only had a portable palmtop device with a tiny head that allowed us little more than injections under ultrasound control. Now, thanks to the support of a private sponsor, we can boast a full-size ultrasound with four heads. Thanks to this, we will be able to perform extensive diagnostics of the musculoskeletal and hormonal system, cardiological, pulmonological, gynecological diagnostics, lower abdominal diagnostics, over-the-counter ultrasound and small procedures under its control. Ultrasound is mainly used on the operating block, protected by a suitable connector to protect them from damage in common with sudden bursts of voltage. Soon there will be a separate study room for ultrasound, where there is a couch and a desk. It is just needed a cart that will fit the camera and secure the delicate printheads. The new unit will serve our small patients directly and indirectly. We will be able to extend the scope of our hospital practice, where adults are admitted to the private clinic where we cover the cost of treating children. Thanks to such gifts the hospital can develop and we have a lot of new strengths and reasons to enjoy! We are very grateful for it!