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Need a new stove

Posted Dec 02 2008 3:08am

The Nata Clinic staff encourages expectant mothers to come to the clinic early enough in their labor to be transported to the regional hospital, 60 miles away, in Gweta.

Mothers at the Nata clinic.

Unfortunately, many wait too late and the clinic delivers nearly 20 babies per month. The nurse orderlies are responsible for sterilizing the instruments using a giant pressure cooker and a gas stove. The gas stove at the Nata clinic is no longer functioning and we are forced to send our instruments all the way to the hospital to be sterilized and then returned.

Instruments in the clinic.

The old stove and cooker.

The clinic is in desperate need of a new stove or even better, an autoclave. It’s obvious that transporting instruments this distance increases the chance of contamination and infection.

The old cooker.

The old stove. 

Procedures are also being delayed due to lack of sterile instruments. Recently, a baby came in who was “tongue tied” and could not be treated due to lack of sterile instruments. These villagers do not have the means to transport themselves to the surgical hospital in Francistown which is 120 miles away. A new stove can be purchased for $150.

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