scout ob/gyn mission to Ilam 2009
Specially prepared Ilam program in hand, I board Buddha Air with Sudarshan of HHC and we fly with the Himalayan range snowcapped above the clouds to Bhadrapur to lunch under a shade trade at a small hotel while waiting for our driver.
The road to Ilam at sunset is lined with great sights: a goat walking a boy, a girl walking a cow, mustard fields, poinsettia trees, trucks with colored headlights, bamboo stands, roadside fires, haystacks the size of houses, marigolds with no leaves, dust-coated palm fronds, hairy pigs, dirty dogs, no cats, men smoking and staring, women working, wild saris strewn on clotheslines, the fat orange sun obscured by brown mist, the hairpin turns, higher and higher we climb out of the hot dusty plain.
The Megh Baradur Parajuli Community Hospital (MBPCH) staff greeted me with marigold and a very long white scarf and a gave me a grand tour of the hospital which is amazingly well equipped. The courtyard in the middle is serene and beautiful. At dinner in the canteen there is lively conversation about patients seen in the last 24 hours. Tomorrow Saturday patients start at 9 am.