Africa stint an eye-opener
A TRIP to Africa meeting people in need, has forever changed the life of Talia Trigger.
The fifth-year medical student from Biggenden said she was blessed to have been given the opportunity.
Talia took on the eight-week clinical elective as part of her final year and chose the 300-bed Mt Meri Hospital at Arusha, north of Tanzania, near Mt Kilimanjaro.
“The people over there are dirt poor, live in mud huts that have no electricity and are not clean – some don’t even know where their next meal was coming from – and yet, they have to be the happiest, most content people I have ever met,” she said.
“The hospital I was working at was incredible.
“It wouldn’t be legally allowed to operate back here in Australia.
“They keep it relatively clean considering their resources, but they are in dire need of more resources.”
Talia said her four weeks in the labour ward and general medicine was an eye-opener.
“Women arrive at the doorstep in labour, are ushered into a small room, with seven other women labouring, to lie down on a bed that they have to bring the linen for.
“The women are not allowed any family/friend support in the room, they do it themselves, and they are not allowed to make noise or they are slapped/threatened with scissors.
“Once the woman had delivered both baby and placenta, they had to get up all on their own, get dressed and leave with their newborn,” she said.
Besides work, Talia took part in leisure activities, including a safari.
SPECIAL MOMENT: Biggenden's Talia Trigger with an infant she delivered while working at Mt Meri Hospital in Tanzania.