Friday 19 July 2013

Port Vila

The day started with some tropical sunshine, which looked promising; something we hadn’t seen for some time.  Later in the day it began to rain and then the clouds closed in which made us all feel much more at home.

After the action and applied focus of the past couple of weeks, it was very much a wind-down day with Kristie reportedly doing a local tour, or finding a beach, Ray and Jon wandering off to Iririki for lunch and Lyndon going up to the PCV Eye & Dental clinic to look at Helen and Morinda’s teeth.

Not sure what Tony and Christine got up to but James and I carted the Honda 2kva generator (sorry, James carried and I accompanied/directed) around on a few local buses to find the right Honda dealer who might be able to give it a complete once-over. We discovered on the island of Nguna – the first time we came to use it – that it ran OK, but just didn’t produce any electricity. Our onboard electrical expert Jon did his own analysis and figured it was the “inverter” or “regulator”, or something important like that. Hopefully the nice, helpful man at Carpenter Motors will be able to able to fix it by Monday afternoon.

As promised, I’ve included a photo of the whole team … the after shot.

2013-07-18-mission-1-sailing-medical-team-after

James also summarized the stats from the 10 clinics as follows:

 

 

TOTALS

 

AVERAGE

PER DAY

TOTAL

ATTENDANCE

Eyecare Patients Appointments

107

10.7

  Glasses dispensed

41

  Sunglasses dispensed

7

  Average Patient Age

49.2

Dental Patients Appointments

123

12.3

  Doubles

21

2.1

  Individuals

102

10.2

  Average Patient Age

38.0

  Extractions

49

4.9

  ART (Fillings)

31

3.1

  Scaling

33

3.3

  Dental Presentations

8

160

Medical Patients BP Readings

71

7.1

  Av. BP

124/79

Mud Brick Demos At least 22 bricks made

7

155

There’s not a lot else to report. Although the topic of snakes came up and then the movie Snakes on a Plane , then naturally the sequel “Snakes on a Boat” with the accompanying photo from James.

snakes-on-a-boat

And late morning we heard singing and loud speaker yelling on the main road and raced out to see what all the commotion was about and there were hundreds of women in their local island dress marching the full length of Pt Vila. The event was the Vanuatu Women in Business Rally – I’ve included a couple of photos to show something of the colour and excitement.

women-in-business-rally-through-main-street-of-vila

Smooth seas, fair breeze and chores to be done.

Rob Latimer

 

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