Tuesday 18 June 2019

Palms GP Surgery strengthen ties with Malawi visitors

Master Chisale with Gorey Malawi Health Partnership members Mark Ledwidge, Peter Harrington and Joe Gallagher
Master Chisale with Gorey Malawi Health Partnership members Mark Ledwidge, Peter Harrington and Joe Gallagher

Sara Gahan

Just prior to Christmas the Palms GP Surgery Gorey Malawi Health Partnership hosted two separate Malawi visitors, Isaac Ziba and Master Chisale.

The visit was supported by Irish Aid as part of its Esther Ireland project with the aim of strengthening the alliances.

Isaac is a nurse by training and is Director of Social Care for the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu, while Master is a laboratory scientist and Director of Postgraduate Education at Mzuzu Central Hospital.

The visit gave Gorey Malawi Health Partnership a prolonged opportunity to assess the work presently underway at St John's Hospital, Mzuzu, and realistic plans for expansion.

While in Ireland, Isaac met Diarmuid Devereux from Gorey Chamber of Commerce and Transition Year students from Gorey Community School. He spoke at Irish Aid's Esther Partnership Forum and on his final day had lunch with staff members from the Palms surgery.

Dr Peter Harrington from Palms Surgery said Isaac spoke movingly about the importance of the project in terms of delivery of service and as a morale boost for the staff at St John's Hospital who feel very supported by it.

Isaac presented Practice Manager Lynette Beechey with a commemorative plaque acknowledging the granting of partnership status by Esther to the project.

With support from UCD and in collaboration with Dr Joe Gallagher and others, Master was awarded a Masters in Medicine for his research work on the microbiology of paediatric pneumonia. During this time here, he attended a conference on medical health systems at UCD and discussed the progress of the partnership with the first chief executive of the HSE, Prof Brendan Drumm. He also took time to address students at Colaiste Bhride, Carnew.

The partnership has a fuller understanding of the project at hand following the visits. It hopes to expand the range of diseases under study and number of institutions supported and is presently seeking additional funds in this regard.

Gorey Guardian