Africa stint an eye-opener

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SPE­CIAL MO­MENT: Biggen­den's Talia Trig­ger with an in­fant she de­liv­ered while work­ing at Mt Meri Hos­pi­tal in Tan­za­nia.

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