Back to the Tarime communities.
Dr Winani had organised a team of locals to work with us whilst we went out to our communities. Raphael, driver; Gabrielle intrepreter, Paulo scribe, Lucas assistant and Dickson came as a volunteer. What a great team we had.
We used Dr Winani’s landrover until the Tasmanian Ambulance arrived, 2nd October, which was given from the girls of Tarime Goodwill Foundation in Tasmania to Dr Winani.
It was tragic in the communities to hear and see the plight of the elderly. I truely believe that these people need support and help.
We saw numerous health problems, particularly with the elderly. Arthritis was endemic, a legacy of years of toil and hard physical work. Pain relief, antiinflammatory medication for these people is not an option, because we cannot guarantee a constant supply. It is cruel to give pain relief, then discontinue the supply. This is something we will be looking into.
Chronic abdominal pain was very common, mainly due to pelvic inflammatory disease (std), and gastro ulcers.
We saw lots of children and adults with chronic scalp fungal infections, which we were able to treat, thanks to Rob Matthews and Katina from Convict Cutters who so generously donated many bars of coal tar soap. Thanks Rob and Katrina.
Conjunctivitis was prevelant, which we were able to easily treat with chlorsig.
We also saw numerous wounds which we treated.
So many people continuously swamped us, they just wanted someone to listen, care and show that people in the world do care. The people were all truely beautiful.
Water was a big issue in these communities. So many people don’t have safe, clean drinking water. Bore holes are the most effective and safest way of gathering water. Unfortunately, the bores are financially unobtainable to many. Tanks and guttering aren’t an option due to the wet season being approx 6 months and dry season being the same.
Am signing off now but will continue with our next chapter.