Po River Medical Clinic
Bringing medical care to people who need it most
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John Tequah, Patriarch of the Pillar of Fire mission site, was carried to the Po River Medical Clinic the other night in a wheelbarrow.
He was confused, having trouble breathing, and his body was shaking with rigors. We started an IV, put him on a nebulizer, and quickly did a
rapid Malaria test, which gave us a positive result within seconds. John had severe malaria. We started him on Artesunate, which has to be
given intravenously every 12 hours for at least three doses.
Fortunately, John lives on the Po River mission, so giving him medicine every 12 hours across multiple days is relatively easy... and just
a short walk (or wheelbarrow ride). But he’s not the first patient to come to the clinic in need of IV medication. When this happens we try
to find room for our patients in someone’s house near-by so they can get back to the clinic for their next dose. When this is not possible,
we have to refer them to St. Francis hospital… no one likes to go to St. Francis.
We need to be able to provide our patients with overnight care. This means, we need to expand the clinic to include a "short stay" unit.
So, even though we haven’t officially been open for a year yet, it’s time to grow. We will be constructing a guesthouse for visiting
medical, educational, and missions teams. Currently we live in the clinic. By moving into a guesthouse room we can open up three additional
rooms of the current clinic building for patient care.
Please support us and the expansion effort by donating to Po River Medical by clicking here.
Steve & Jen Butwill