Pocket sized notepad

Bakers Posted by Paul and Tania Baker on Sun, 06 Mar 2011 | 4 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

During our first week here I was introduced to two of my fellow engineers: Tony – a recently qualified Electrician who has been at Kiwoko for 2 years, and Innocent – a local engineering legend (and fellow Liverpool supporter) who has been working here for 18 years. Innocent also runs a local ‘cinema’ where European Football is screened every week. We shall get along just fine.

To get an idea of the task at hand we visited every hospital department asking each ‘in-charge’ if any equipment needs repaired. Immediately it became apparent that my pocket sized notepad wasn’t big enough – out came the green clipboard.

45 faulty systems were discovered throughout the departments. From Autoclaves to X-ray systems – we have our work cut out.

How did things get this bad? It wasn’t that Innocent and Tony weren’t pulling their weight – it was down to a ‘put up with it’ culture. If a unit wasn’t working well the medical staff either persevered or put the unit in a store out of the way.

I’m told that you can have high blood pressure when checked in OPD, but in Male Ward you are fine. This isn’t down to a more relaxed atmosphere in Male Ward, it’s because the BP monitors need calibrated.

For those who like statistics; we are here 50 days today. Out of the 45 faulty systems more than 20 have been repaired. However, the fault list now contains 55 items. The man with the key of the store discovered some hidden challenges!

Just like at home, this is a very ‘reactive’ culture – when things go wrong and fall apart we jump into action. Sadly, this is often too late. Perhaps we need to be more ‘proactive’. From what I have discovered here I believe Kiwoko Hospital needs a ‘Preventative Maintenance’ program for its Medical Equipment – perhaps the same is true of us and our relationship with God.

Proverbs 4:23: Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.



J D said Wed, 16 Mar 2011 08:39AM
A profound concluding comment... and backed up by a verse. Challenging-Love it! Keep it up and keep looking up. Blessings J, J & I
lorraine and danny said Wed, 16 Mar 2011 06:19PM
Good for you, what about Tania's duties, am still working on getting the sewing machine out to you. Miss you two lots, got a new veggie recipe and computer going well Paul. Love and kisses to you both Themens from Ballycarry
Andrew and Joanne Quill said Sat, 19 Mar 2011 10:02AM
Hi Paul and Tania, we're putting this on the end of the recent FOKH Newsletter and giving it out to all our parishioners. Every blessing. Andrew & Joanne
ronnie nesbitt said Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:00AM
Lovely to hear the news it sounds rather like painting the Forth bridge, a never ending task! We are continuing to remeber you here at Bangor Abbey. Some of our young people are going off to Africa this summer but not to Uganda, perhaps in the future. Take care, Ronnie and all at Bangor

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