Live Now Clinic - the medical laboratory
When you enter Live Now Clinic, you'll find the medical laboraty on the right side, just behind the manager's desk. This part of the clinic is the terrain of Beatrice and Rosemary. They are the two medical laborants of Live Now Clinic. They work in two shifts. The clinic is open 12 hours a day, from 7 until 7, also during the weekends.
Beatrice is 24 years old and lives in Akropong, about 25 kilometers further on. She travels by trotro and stays over in Tinkong during the week at her sisters place in Okrasi, close to Tinkong. The has a degree in biology, from the university of Kumasi. This education at the university took her 4 years. In Kumasi she used to live in a hostel.
Beatrice has got a brother and a sister, but in Akroping she lives together in her extended family. In Africa most people live together with lot more brothers and sisters. Also cousins are called brothers! Beatrice is still looking for a partner. During the weekends she is quite busy with her church works, especially with the youth, of the Presbytarian church.
Beatrice was the one in her family that was 'chosen' to be the one to get a good education. So the whole family paid for her school fees.You can imagine this brings also some pressure and sense of responsibility.
In the end Beatrice would like to become a doctor and she would love to be able to work for the FDA (Food & Drugs Authority).
And this is not her final ambition. That is working for the United Nations and start her own NGO.
This job at Live Now Foundation is a tremendous chance for Beatrice. She feels like she's part of a great family here. She's fond of all her collegues and they have big fun together: "We are really like friends!".
The most important reason why people undergo medical tests is... lack of knowledge. In many cases people visit a doctor late, when the complaits have gone worse. Other reasons: bad nutricion (always the same food), drinking dirty water (uncooked) and lack or hygiene. Beatrice tells it with fierce eyes: "people here just don't thínk! That's why it's so good to go and find the people ourselves, do medical outrach activities and give them better advice."
Beatrice is absolutely looking forward to work together with people from The Netherlands and Europe: "we could learn so much from them".
Everyday Beatrice takes dozens of tests. Most of them are related to malaria. But also bloodtests, pregnancy tests, typhoid, cholera and more. HIV/aids tests she can do also, but preferably those tests are being done in a bigger hospital in town, because there's just more to these tests, also including social aspects: "those people also need counseling".
The room is more or less square, but is seperated by a big curtain. On one side there is a little bureau and two chairs. That's where Beatrice does the intake. The patients in most case are being sent through by one of the Live Now doctors. .
Some blood is being taken and afterwards Beatrice can do the tests on the other side of the curtain.
On the long sidetable she's got all her equipment stalled: a microscope, a computer.
There is a knock on the door. A mother and her grown up son enter. The son seems to be very weak. The doctor thinks he's got malaria. One drop of blood is being dried in a machine, after which there is a fluid mixed with this dried blood. Than it's being dried once more. Beatrice puts a small piece of glass under the microscope. There appears to be no u-formed celss, she can tell by looking in the microscope: no malaria!
To finalise the consult, Beatrice takes notes and adjusts the computer file. “So, this is what it is. Now I wait for the next patient.”
He's already waiting in the chair just opposite of the door to the medical laboratory.