Posted by: calloftheandes | May 20, 2016

Notes from the Quake Zone (Twenty-third in a Series)

Dr. Mauricio Coronel with a patient at Santo Domingo Chiquito in Ecuador's Manabí Province.

Dr. Mauricio Coronel with a patient at Santo Domingo Chiquito in Ecuador’s Manabí Province.

(9 May 2016 Manabí Province, Ecuador)

by Ralph Kurtenbach

At Tabuchila we did 12 patients but just barely, as urgings from the second sergeant—not Master Sergeant Garces—were making me think I shouldn’t have taken down data on so many people. It would only set them up for expectations that we couldn’t meet as there were still other communities on our schedule.murachi

We learned something as we went. If Dr. Coronel or I had thought that we were hot stuff riding in the cab of a 2015 three ton, China-made army vehicle, we indeed were hot and sweating from boarding and getting out. I will say that each time there was a “community” the driver, Sargent Garces always asked the locals where was the “town center.” On some occasions it was at the farmyard where there was some room to set up our consult area and hope every prospect wasn’t listening in on others’ symptoms and Dr. Coronel’s medical solutions.

At each stop, the six of us in the cab dismounted (no easy task in itself) and the two in the back began to hoist and toss down ration packages to the other two who had gotten down as well as the two soldiers from the cab. The two Ministerio de Inclusion Economica y Social (MIES) men noted people’s data as they received the rations.

Dr. Coronel and I would scramble to find a workable place, hopefully in the shade. Usually out of the sun, but with some distractions, such as a sow in search of feed. The remote communities we visited were on asphalt-paved roads (mostly) but still made me appreciate anew the Health Ministry’s requirement that new doctors serve out a “rural year” as part of their licensing.

Ralph Kurtenbach is a missionary with Reach Beyond.

Army truck loaded with supplies edges up on cattle being herded on the highway to Murachi in Manabí Province.

Army truck loaded with supplies edges up on cattle being herded on the highway to Murachi in Manabí Province.

Advertisements

Responses

  1. […] or past ties to Reach Beyond. The story was written by Reach Beyond writer Ralph Kurtenbach, who worked in the Ecuador quake zone in May. He is a regular attendee at the Mister Bagel Bible […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: