Oiti is the name of a tree with small thorns and also the name of a area of Olbalbal. In recent days many people have come from Oiti to the small government clinic here at Olbalbal complaining of serious stomach cramps and vomiting. The people figured that it must be from the water of a small dam at Oiti where everyone draws water. But no one could figure out why the water had all of a sudden gone bad. Then a zebra was found rotting away in the deepest part of the pool. The people have dragged the zebras carcass out of the dam and hopefully the problem will clear up. The bad water has so far killed two people and made many others very ill. Continue reading Bad Water
Korduni, the 14 month old son of Niomom who takes care of the house here, was fainting and had a very high fever last week. I took them to the American Doctor’s hospital in Karatu that is a two and a half hour
drive from here at Olbalbal. They kept him for two days there and were fearful that the major swelling on his head was caused by meningitis. We were very afraid. To our immense relief the problem turned out to be a very bad boil gone bad. Korduni is back at Olbalbal now and doing fine.