St. Dominic’s Hospital, Akwatia

After the two and a half hour ride in a taxi on dirt roads, we finally arrived in Akwatia! It’s beautiful here. Lots of trees and grass and no pollution or honking horns. Basically the opposite of Accra. There’s not a whole lot around the hospital itself but within the hospital compound there is a gym, a library, 2 schools, houses, a canteen and a convent. 

This is our home for the next 8 weeks. It has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. The house also came with a few lizards which was fine and dandy until I found one in my bed. Then all bets were off. They had to go. Luckily we were able to relocate our little friend outside without too much trouble. 

Anyway. Everything in the compound is within a ten minute walk from our house which is really nice. And it hasn’t been that hot here because we came during the rainy season. 

In other news, we had our first day of work today! We were showed around all of the different wards and then we got to sit in with a doctor at an HIV clinic. 

Lessons Learned:

1. Women (doctors and nurses included) wear dresses and sandals to work. And they are VERY modest. Nothing above the knee and shoulders are covered. Like always.

2. Use your right hand when you receive anything from people and only shake hands/eat with your right hand. It is a tradition that I learned about only because I accidentally disrespected a higher up in the hospital by taking a pen with my left hand. They were nice about it because they know I’m not from here but for future reference, right hand only.

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