Samuel Ndavisele Sawossi
Theme: Local elections
My name is Samuel Ndavisele Sawossi. I will explain about the responsibility area of health that I had during the trip, along with two other students. Our task was to take care of everyone’s health in our Bus Group that comprised three teachers and 30 students. We had to know every morning about the tate of health of each of our colleagues. I still remember how far I had to go to Caibambo in search of a pharmacy where there could supply receipts when buying medicines because the school does not allow to make purchases without receipts and the receipt has to fill all the prerequisites demanded. In the end I got it.
In Lubango, when Bento fell ill, we went to the General Hospital on a Monday for a consultation were told that we had to return on Thursday. For us it was difficult, because the hospital was very big, and everything was new for us. As the treatment could not wait, we went to a clinic in Chioco neighbourhood where our camp was. After going around a few times we reached it and Bento got treatment. We took students to the doctor several times in Lubango, Namibe and Ganda. In Ganda six students were sick at the same time, with malaria or typhoid fever. Fortunately, the hospital gave us free medication. In Namibe, Justo was hospitalized for four days because of malaria and typhoid fever. We took him food every day. Along with the teachers, we of the Health Group brought two points to the agenda of a Common Meeting. One was to mobilize everyone to participate in the morning sport activities at 6 o’clock. We played ball and did stretches. Some students did not attend and we felt this was not good enough as we were trying to keep everyone healthy. After debating this point, participation improved. The other issue was that we had to improve hygienic practices at the camp, such as cleaning, making a garbage dump and washing the dishes well. After the debate the hygiene improved as well.
Being vigilant of everyone’s health during the trip was the best role I have played in my entire life because I had the opportunity to learn about the problems of everyone who was traveling with us and I was able to help them.