Throughout this pandemic we are having to adjust to change on a daily, if not hourly timeframe. Initially we were told masks weren’t necessary, but information has changed. Now the CDC is recommending we all wear masks in public to reduce transmission of COVID19 virus through droplets in the air. Since many people seem to have minimal to no symptoms early on, they are unaware that they may be transmitting the virus and exposing those by talking, singing, etc. I read a commentary by a retired academic ENT surgeon and I’m going to link to her post for a great summary of why you should wear a mask now–a cloth mask. But remember, social distancing and hand washing is still imperative and the mask does NOT change those recommendations. Stay home and stay safe, and if you venture out, stay masked.
In January we were joined for a few days by Justus Kakuru. Justus, who is the nephew of one of our local partners in Kyotera, is a medical student in his last year before residency.
During his time with us Justus served as a translator and scribe. His knowledge of local dialects, Ugandan culture, and medical terminology proved an invaluable asset to the GMAST team.
Justus took full advantage of his opportunity to observe cleft operations and learn from our doctors. Teaching and education are integral to our mission.
For the past two trips to Kyotera we were lucky enough to be joined by Dr. Robert Wangoda. Dr. Wangoda is an accomplished general surgeon in his community of Masaka, and he is learning about cleft lip and palate repairs from our GMAST doctors. It is the mutual aim of Dr. Wangoda and GMAST that he take over the program in the coming years. With this goal in mind he scrubbed in for every day of surgery and assisted our doctors in both lip and palate operations.
One of the driving goals of GMAST is to facilitate training for local healthcare professionals. On this trip our CNRAs (certified registered nurse anesthetists), Holly and Robin, worked alongside student anesthetist Emmanuel. The three of them were able to exchange information and techniques for the good medical care of children now and into the future.
We are pleased to engage such opportunities and relationships as we partner with local medical teams in support of their work.