Abobo is on the main road, the only paved road in the area that even Fr Filippo Perin, SDB, uses to reach his mission: Pugnido. Abobo also has a health center, established in 2002 by a group of Italian and Spanish volunteers along with local Salesians. Today it has 40 beds, a small ward dedicated to sick children and those suffering from malnutrition, and a small wing that houses Obstetrics.
Operating at the Abobo health center are Tere and Maria, two Italian-Spanish doctors, who thus tell us about their work: "In our small center we are busy every day in the prevention and treatment of endemic diseases, especially by trying to help mothers and their children: vaccinations of mothers during pregnancy, prevention of diseases such as anemia, hypertension, malaria and various infections that cause serious consequences also to the newborn. Without forgetting the important activity of early diagnosis, regular screening and simple check ups we offer for free."
The health center continues to function thanks to the international solidarity it receives. "We do not know if tomorrow we will be lucky enough to receive help to run this health center," concludes Tere and Maria. "The only sure thing is that tomorrow, like every day, mothers will come with their children for vaccinations, a woman in labor will show up and a child will need urgent medical care."
For more information: www.missionidonbosco.org