|Hand Hygiene Happens Here ... hmmmm|
Sign on one of the Hospital exam room doors.
(they all have the same sign and look like this)
The Tongan people genuinely want to help one another and healthcare is no exception. Everyone we work with including Doctors, Nurses, Therapists, etc. have such great customer service attitudes. They want to help. It is difficult to compare healthcare with what we are used to in the good ol' U.S. of A. so we make these observations not as a critique but as the opportunities we see here for improvement.
|Private hospital room. We rounded up|
the chairs but one of them was broken.
|The room also had a nice sink that|
worked, a soap dispenser but no paper
towels or garbage can.
|Hospital bill for one day stay (to be|
paid prior to discharge). TOP $30.00
(approx. $13.80 USD)
We didn't get much done on the technology side this week as the seriousness of the missionary health issue took front stage but we did manage to get one more site survey completed and I was able to get started on the translation of the training material into Tongan. I also scheduled a formal technology training class for this Saturday morning. I hope it goes well.
We also had a new missionary couple come in this week. They were welcomed with open arms as we have not had any other couples arrive since we did in January and we have had 5 couples leave in the past month. The Oldroyd's arrived safe and sound on Friday. If you are a senior and feel the prompting of the Holy Ghost to serve a mission, you might consider Tonga as a destination preference on your application. I can guarantee you will love serving here. The Tongans are the best this world has to offer!
|Viola Hospital in Nuku'alofa|
The Kingdom of Tonga consists of 176 islands (31 inhabited) approx. 108,000. Viola Hospital is located on the outskirts of Nuku'alofa on the main island (Tongatapu) and serves most of the population. There are 3 community hospitals located on other islands and a few health clinics. We try to avoid taking missionaries to the hospital as we really seem to be able to take care of most of the ailments with a little bit of nursing care, the local physician clinic ran by Dr. Latu (we really like him and he treats the missionaries very well) and some personal "mom" medicine".
When we're not doing technology training or meetinghouse surveys, I am mostly Lepeka's chauffeur, but I have wrapped a sprained ankle and given several Priesthood blessings. I also help inspect their MQ's for cleanliness and reinforce her instructions if I sense someone needs additional coercing. In addition to that she has made me the keeper of the lollipop. We have a box in the car and pass them out as we meet the missionaries while we're out and about. We also carry vai (water) in our cooler so we have that if needed. I think the lollipops are actually what cures most of the ailments but don't tell Lepeka.
|Geckos feasting on the bugs that are attracted to the light just outside the local|
pizza shop across the street from Liahona High School. As you can see,
they are well fed.