James meant everything that he said when he swore the Hippocratic Oath. Everybody knew his dedication to human kind and his intentions to help those who needed his professional skills. Immediately after his internship, he left for Africa. Nobody was surprised when he decided that he was to go to Africa because he had it in him to help people. Africa was the best place for him. He wanted to go to Somalia where people died of preventable diseases, but Somalia was too volatile for any meaningful activity. He opted for Kenya.
James’ flight landed in Nairobi on a cold July morning. It was his first day in Africa. He smelled the pure air of the city and took a generous gulp of the morning fresh air. It was drizzling and people complained of the cold weather. He wondered what they would say if they experienced winter. James took his breakfast in a modern shop within the airport and updated his twitter feed. He was waiting for Shaka who was to take him to Garissaa.
Garissa is a small town close to the border of Kenya and Somalia. James had done his survey and decided to start his medical practice in Garissa. The town is one of the alienated towns in Kenya. Women can barely access proper maternal facilities. Life is unbearable in this town. The lack of water and proper transport system has paralyzed the provision of medical care. The government has been criticized for neglecting the people of Garissa.
James took a connecting flight from Nairobi to Garissa. His guide Shaka took him through the town to assess the medical situation. James realized that what he needed more was a hospital. The situation in Kenya is beyond simply offering professional skills but a facility that can bring together the nomadic community. James realized that the people of Garissa needed a central place where they would come to when they needed professional medical help.
James decided to build a hospital. The local administration offered to give him the land that he needed to build the hospital, the locals offered free labor. The locals knew what they needed and the value that James would bring them. James needed the funds to buy the building materials and employ the professionals to work on the project. He needed money to get the medical equipment and other necessary equipment’s.
James started a cause that he did not anticipate would end up being successful. The community donated their labor, his friend abroad donated medical equipment and promise to offer assistance to the project, the local hardware promised to donate some construction materials, and the local government offered to give periodic funds to the project. James was astonished at the help that was coming his way. He offered to train the locals on how to handle medical procedures.
The Kenyan clinic has now teamed up with a practice in Manchester for advice and support
The construction of the hospital went smoothly and within a year, everything was set. The hospital was launched and the new medical trainees enlisted. What started as a small one man project brought together whole community together. The Garissa medical centre had its first beneficiary a day after its launch. It was a normal delivery and the child was named James.