Report - Number of patients increasing meaning increased costs
been increasing in Acheru since completion of the hostel, with
more inpatient beds. Almost all inpatients are surgical
(orthopaedic or plastic) meaning we refer them to CoRSU for
operations. As soon as possible after surgery they are taken
back to Acheru for post operative treatment and rehabilitation:
this can take weeks, months, or in some cases years.
numbers mean increased costs. Im concerned about this but
a more positive way of looking at it is that its only
costing more because so many children are being treated. CoRSU
provides surgery at no cost to us, but we have to pay all other
associated costs transport, subsistence in hospital, X
rays, consultations, reviews, medication etc. Over the last few
months weve seen a big increase in our CoRSU bills as were
now averaging five operations every week.
a hospital or a health centre, we are primarily a rehabilitation
unit. Weve to adopt a flexible interpretation of the term disability,
and also deal with injuries and their after effects
anything which disables the child. We complement the
service provided by hospitals and have a number of patients with
very serious injuries following, for example, road accidents.
These would normally be dealt with in hospitals, but a hospital
needs to treat them and get them out, which for some of our
patients would have meant amputations. Because were a
rehabilitation unit we can take a long view, and that often
enables us to save limbs and see remarkable recoveries. Some of
our patients must have endured terrible suffering and its
a joy to see them restored to health.
continuing to monitor work in the north, and I hope to tell you
more about that in the next update.