Today is our final day of a week working for the first time in
Huaytara, depto de Huancavelica. A historic place with Inka Palaces, a
total area populations close to 30 thousand farmers, and a just one
month old minimal level Hospital that replaces or indeed upgrades a
minimalist Health center that could not provide even very basic
The new added areas, with rotating physicians of 3 hospitals lying
within 100 miles away each, add for the first time a surgeon,
pediatrician, gynecologist and anesthesiologist, thus we were able to
do a few surgeries which in our 12 month preparation had not foreseen.
Our 15 professionals team delivered General Medicine, Endocrinology,
Geriatrics, Dental, Psychology and Surgical services. Although we do
not hace the final stats we treated at least 300 patients and helped
to do some 10 surgeries including a parotid tumor, one acute
cholecystitis, large hernias with minimal surgical tools, a
proficient anesthesiologist but no functional anesthesia machine, as
it used to be in the last century.
Dental care is so lacking that our three colleagues which included the
local one, did work every day until 8 or 9 pm.
Donations were medications, tools, equipment, and the services given
to all range of locals many were indigent and very elderly. We saw
many lonley women in their 90s who still work daily in ther rugged
farm lots for survuval without any other assistance. There were also
hints of all too frequent familiar violence against women, and finally
we found out many undiagnosed diabetics, using the lessons learned in
previous Ayacucho Missions.
I will send you a few pictures as soon as I can.
Our Mission was received warmely and we got very good local
cooperation. Today-after five months when we sent the donations
valued over 25 thousand dollars- the truck with the goods will arrive
for delivery. Our local PAMS office runs too slow and not very
efficiently, we need to improve it for sure.
Dr. Ralph Kuon