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MAGILA HOSPITAL

Diocese of Zanzibar and Tanga
Diocese of Zanzibar and Tanga
At its meeting in November, the Church Council was shown a film about the work of the Community of the Sacred Passion at Magila, Tanzania. Barton Church has been sending money to U.S.P.G. for some years to support a hospital in East Africa, but that particular need has now passed since the government took over the financial responsibility for the hospital. Now we have been asked to help the Magila Hospital. Our Church Council has agreed to send £50 a year for this work as one of our overseas projects. In this magazine we shall be passing on the reports that we receive from the hospital.
Magila is in the Tanga Region of North-east Tanzania. It is in the centre of the sisal growing area which is now suffering hard from the use of artificial fibies for the making of ropes.
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"When Magila was opened in 1885 it was one of the first mission hospitals in mainland Tanzania for the treatment of Africans. (There were no medical facilities provided by anyone else.) It is now the mother house of the Community of the Sacred Passion, the community founded by Bishp Frank Weston of Zanzibar to serve the women of Africa."
"The hospital is in two parts. There are 120 beds in the general section (called St. Augustine's) with an outpatient department, lab and operating theatre. Five minutes walk away is the maternity and child care section (called St. Elizabeth's). Here about a thousand babies are born every year. There is a six cubicle labour ward and a small emergency operating theatre, and an eight-bedded 'special-care' ward attached, where patients requiring 24 hour nursing care are admitted. There are post-natal and ante-natal wards for expectant mothers with complications, such as high blood-pressure, severe anaemia or general ill-health, which may be due to malnutrition or much child-bearing. There is also a large ward for expectant mothers just waiting for delivery - those who live too far away to come in when labour starts."
"The running of the hospital is largely taken care of by the CSP sisters who supervise the ward work, do much of the administ-ration, teach the nurses and cope with the not too serious midwifery abnormalities. There is one resident doctor, and, at present, the wife of a doctor working at Muhesa, herself a doctor, comes in the mornings."
"There is a nurses' training school. The students do most of the nursing in the wards. They are recruited from the primary school leavers whose general education is four years short of '0' level. General training lasts three years and midwifery one year. There are eighty students in the school. Afterwards they are supposed to work for the diocese for two years, but marriage to men working elsewhere takes its toll."
(To be continued. These notes come from U.S.P.G. Project News)

 

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