Dr. Eggebo shares his thoughts from Day 3:
“The day begins early here in Hargeisa. We have a mosque close to the hotel and at five o’clock in the morning the imam calls for the first prayer. To my best knowledge, none of us has joined this prayer yet. Half an hour later, the birds start singing, and at six o’clock the sun rises.
We meet at the terrace where we have our breakfast and spend almost an hour together. We are served omelette and bread. There is a nice view over the city Hargeisa. We are not in a hurry during the morning time, and spend some time sharing our experiences. We all feel like foreigners here in Somaliland. The culture and way of living are far from our daily lives. It is good to be a group, and we have become quite close to each other.
The sun is shining all day, and the temperature is comfortable. Edna Adan was worried about the change in climate. This should be the raining season, but the river passing the city is still dry. We only saw a rain shower passing by on the distant horizon.
At 7.30 we go to the hospital and start the lessons. The trainees are very interested, and listen to all the information we try to give them. It is difficult to include all knowledge of ultrasound in five days and sometimes we probably overload them with information. But we try to focus on the most important findings, and think we give them a good platform to start scanning. Some of the trainees followed the first course here in Somaliland, and some of them are really good.
The most important is probably the hands on sessions. We have four SonoSite NanoMaxx ultrasound machines, and six trainees in each group. They should all learn the six important steps – presentation, fetal heart rate, number of fetuses, placental location, amniotic fluid and measurements of BPD, HC, AC and femur length.
We ended our third course day having dinner at the terrace. The stars were shining. The Orion is rotated and almost lying in the same way as the moon. This is related to our position on the earth, close to the equator. Still more exciting days are waiting for us.”