Thursday 5th March 2020

Dear Future Sharon

So right now I am shadowing one of the Physicians Associates in the consulting rooms. I attended a workshop for hospital staff a few hours ago about coronavirus. Apparently Ghana has been assessed by the World Health Organisation on whether they’re equipped to deal with coronavirus. The WHO states that Ghana are not equipped, due to lack of resources to contain/treat it in all, or at least most of its regions. Although they have facilities to manage it in Accra or Kumasi, what about in the many small villages who aren’t near these resources?

Another member of staff added that things such as religious views (e.g. Christians relying purely on the power of prayer rather than seeking professional medical help), and herbalistic medicines are factors that may decrease the effectiveness of Ghana’s ability to combat coronavirus.

It was a very interesting workshop.

In other news I’ve solved my Cape Coast dilemma.

The dilemma was that:

  • I wanted to go Cape Coast but not with Fred and just us two alone. He’s a man. And I also do not trust him.
  • Fred’s programme is a rip off.
  • There was no other female I could go with (Even though Toby is the person I feel closest to here, I don’t feel comfortable going with only him, and spending a weekend alone with him.)
  • If I don’t visit Cape Coast whilst I’m here in Ghana, there will be limited opportunities to go again.

However, yesterday evening I solved the dilemma! I asked Sandra (girl who cooks for one of the flats upstairs) if she would want to come with me if I covered all expenses. She said yes, but that she’d need to ask her boss to get a day off for it. So now, not only do I have a female to accompany me to Cape Coast, but it also works out cheaper for me to go with her. It would cost me a total of 600 cedis to go with her. And Fred’s crappy Cape Coast tour would’ve costed 2000 cedis. So off I go with Sandra!

 

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Also I’ve been thinking about two things recently.

1. Lately I’ve been feeling as though host mum feels differently towards me, as we don’t really talk as much anymore. I asked Toby yesterday that when friends and relatives come to visit Eve (as Toby is essentially always in the house), do they ever talk about me? And if so, what do they say? Toby then replied that apparently people either ask where I’m from, or make comments about my apparent ‘beauty’. So this made me think. Imagine if a person you’re hosting in your home is constantly being called beautiful all the time in front of your husband. Ngl, I’d be able to understand if she started to get a tad irritated and may find it harder to become best friends with me.  This may be a very ridiculous reason as to why I feel like she doesn’t speak to me as much anymore, but who knows. I feel like whilst I’ve been here, its mostly been the men that actively make conversation with me, or make sure to speak in English when I’m around. I don’t know if this is because as men, they’re just trying get to know me more because they like my face, but whatever the reason is, I find them a lot friendlier than the women. The women kind of steer away from me, or they’d talk at me in twi to their friends whilst I’m there; rather than hold an actual conversation in English with me.

2. The second thing I’ve been thinking is that everything here seems a lot more money motivated than in the UK. It’s like money is priority, then everything else comes second. Everyday is a hustle. Whereas in the UK, we hustle, but not to the extent as over here. Why?

Aaaaaaaaaanyways, I’m now just deeping that I’ve been focusing too much on the negatives. I need to redirect my mindset to the positives. I’m grateful to be with such  friendly host family, and I’m thankful that the hospital I’m doing my placement in is actually legit and is allowing me to see how conditions that I wouldn’t encounter in the UK are treated.

 

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