by Brad Stewart
Today was our final day of operations in the field, however planning for the next stage of the project has begun already and will continue over the next few weeks.
This morning we departed early and returned to our ‘adopted’ refugee camp at Thaingkali Khal. Once again, we were overwhelmed with the volume of patients and the horrific stories behind the presentations.
We treated more gunshot wounds, a man who was injured by an acid attack from a helicopter and a man with broken ribs from a beating with sticks among all the usual sickness, infections and pain. We also conducted some hut visits to help some very old and immobile men and women with pain and breathing difficulties.
On a brighter note, some of the babies we treated earlier in the week for malnutrition returned for a visit showing good signs of improvement.
The two Rohingya doctors living in the camp worked with us for the entire day and were a great asset. On completion of the day, we handed over our unused medical supplies so that the care we have provided to these people can continue after we have left.
The doctors appreciated the opportunity to continue their practice, even in a reduced capacity. We transported two very unwell elderly patients to hospital with symptoms of advanced tuberculosis and chest infections with breathing difficulty.
Tomorrow will be an administration day with tasks such as meeting government officials to discuss the next stage of this project and cleaning equipment before leaving Bangladesh.