Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Unofficial Hospital Tour

A quick tour of the existing facilities for those who are not familiar.

The Hospital is located right off the main North South "highway" from Chittagong to Cox's Bazar. As patients first approach they come up to the gate where they receive their tickets.

Tickets are given first thing in the morning when there are large lineups

Waiting area to get into the hospital out by the gate.

First stop in the Hospital - Records window

Out Patient Department (OPD) Waiting Area

Medic Check-In (check vitals)

Exam Room Corridor (OPD)

Typical OPD Exam Room

OPD Emergency Room

Patient Waiting Area

Pharmacy Queue

Pharmacy Window

Laboratory - Collection Point

Laboratory Testing Area

X-Ray, EKG, Ultrasound & Surgery Clinic Corridor


Male Ward

Female Ward

Surgery Theater #1

Surgery (small)

Minor Surgery

Central Sterilization

Typical Corridor (private rooms)

Storage (mainly of donated/discounted supplies from North America)

Doctor's Office (also currently our office)

Eastern Toilets





Sunday, March 03, 2013

Work Hard, Play Hard

We have been working a lot of hours lately on the project so we took off a few hours on Saturday to boat out to an island about 20 km Southwest of Malumghat.  We grabbed the campus speed boat and headed out on the river with another young couple (medical students) who are here working at the hospital for about a month.  We had originally planned to go to Cox's Bazar but with the recent protests and violence in Bangladesh ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21639831 ), we decided to stay off the roads (which we found out later was a good very thing). We had a blast knee boarding, boating, checking out the water buffalo and running through mud up to our knees while visiting the island and salt flats along the way.  We received some interested stares and waves and had a laugh when a local man ran out onto the river bank with a cell phone to get a picture of the knee boarding action.

(Jon on the knee board - receiving lots of looks from the locals, including water buffalo)

(Water Buffalo along the river banks)

(Boat being loaded up with salt from the salt flats)

(Man carrying a load of salt along the river bank)

(The river banks quickly became deep mud as the tide went out)