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Yesterday was another public holiday for the national election. We've seen hoards of campaigners everywhere that we've been in the last month. Mostly for the ANC party.
As we can't vote (although everyone has assumed that we would be) we decided to go into hospital anyway. As there were only 2 patients and 1 very relaxed doctor, we very quickly decided to go and do something else. Turns out people feel the need to come ...
... with diarrhoea, pneumonia or for malnutrition and a lot have a mixture of all three. HIV is very common as I've said before so we're getting used to testing for the more unusual causes of these things if the children don't seem to be improving.
It seems very common here that the mothers will leave the children to grandmothers to look after so it's normally the Grandma we are speaking to. What also seems fairly common in mothers running away and leaving the children ...
... br> In the afternoon we briefly went to the out patients/A&E part of the hospital and saw one lady with a clear meningitic rash and a man who had a dent in his head.
So overall was a success, not having been asked to do anything out of our depth (although they did moan about the nurses not being willing to do emergency c-sections) and we had a lovely evening in the sunshine planning where to spend our ...
... we just played around for the whole afternoon.
On the second day in Mtwalume, our guide took us to visit some sangomas. Sangomas are people who practice traditional medicine in the Zulu culture. We arrived at the home, and didn't just see one sangoma, but we saw six! They were very welcoming and showed us a traditional ritual. It was an incredible experience.
After such an incredible experience (and an unexpectedly lavish one at that) in Mtwalume, I was ...
... Lesotho is a road that leads to the summit of Black mountain. At well over 3,000m this was about as high as you could take a car in southern Africa. How could we miss that opportunity? It wasn't as grueling as Sani Pass, but you did pass snow drifts and cross bridges over frozen creeks. The view from the summit made you feel like you were on top of the world (and possibly the only person in it)!
With that completed I ...