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.
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.