“We know about Cholera, Meningitis, Malaria, Polio, small pox… They are the old diseases killing millions of people in last century. In many developed countries, people got vaccination and better health care, they are no longer untreatable.
Working for water supply is my expertise. And working for latrines is my interest. I love to share with friends about water supply before dinner, and share with friends about toilet construction after dinner.
After 9 months’ mission in Afghanistan, I am now in South Sudan for an emergency mission. South Sudan separated from Sudan in July last year and it is the youngest country.
Diseases of infection and neglect, as well as violence related wounds are always the main part of our life here in Nasir as a surgeon. Last Friday morning, we heard the rumour that there was gun fight in our neighboring county involving many victims.
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Living in our compound is really close to the nature, even within our yard I already saw Nile monitor, mongoose, hawks, snake, lots of wild cats and a family of chicken; not to mention hundreds of birds singing early in the morning and lots of bugs attracted to our tukul at night by our light.
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Our surgical project in Nasir not only serves the population in the county but also nearby counties and even another project on the other side of Ethiopia which is only 10-15Km away.
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Because of the hot weather and unpredictable rain, agriculture is not that reliable in South Sudan. Just like last year when the rain decrease, there was failure of crops which lead to shortage of food this year.
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The raining season finally started in Nasir. Normally it's from May to September each year. But here when it rains, it rains really hard and usually comes with very strong wind to a degree like typhoon no. 8 or above in Hong Kong.
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Our project is the only project with surgical facility in the east part of South Sudan, so nearby project will send patients to us that require surgical treatment. They may arrive in planes or on boats as we are right next to the river.
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