Asia | South East Asia | Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) | Mekong | Vang Vieng – a bus
The bus ride was nice. Great countryside, just little villages with houses on piles and lots of trees. A few K. before Vang Vieng a man got on the bus carrying in his arms a very sick child. I realized, this is the way they do it here, no ambulances. I’m staying in a very nice guest house. Met a Canadian doctor, he’s doing research after a new way, simple and fast, to diagnose malaria. We had dinner together and talked about the hospital they have here. He’s going to show it to me tomorrow.
I had all my gear in my backpack, ready to leave, but I couldn’t after seeing the hospital. Too much on my mind, need time to think. The sick child I saw on the bus, is in the Intensive Care ward. He’s suffering from a severe malaria, and he’s not going to survive. Dylan told me they had nothing in this hospital, but seeing it with my own eyes was shocking. They have a big oxygen cannister on ICU, they can get an IV drip going, thats it. People have to pay for medication, and they do not have the money. I know I’m looking with the eyes of an Intensive Care nurse, used to have all the necessary equipment at hand. This isn’t my hospital in Holland, this is Lao PDR, a different part of the world. The contradictions are too big. I want a truck loaded with equipment and a few of the friends I am used to work with. I want to save the life of this little boy, but I know I am not able, I feel so powerless. Spent my day on the Mekong riverside, thinking, looking at the children.
Went on a day trip with a few other people. First to a cave, not very interesting. Lunch in a Hmong village, delicious food. And last but not least two hours of floating in an inner tube on the Mekong. Very relaxing.