Choma General Hospital

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  • Choma General Hospital is a 200-bed district hospital. It provides health care for the 30,000 people living in Choma Province and serves as a referral centre for the 380,000 people living in the district. The hospital also receives surgical patients from neighbouring districts.
    The patients that arrive at Choma General Hospital are ordinary towns people. They range from professionals, trades-people, small businessmen, farm-workers, and general labourers.The Hospital usually has 4 physicians on staff. The Zambian physicians have had basic medical training through internship, but not additional post-graduate training. The District Director of Health has a MS in public health.
    The basic experience available for students and resident physicians is in the surgical department. They will assist in the surgical clinic, the surgery wards for rounds, and to assist in the operating room. There is flexibility in focusing on certain problems ifthe student desires that.
    About 400 patients are seen in surgery clinic each per month, and about 140 patients sent to the operating room each month. Of those operations, about 40 include major operations covering obstetrics, general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, and gynaecology.There is some opportunity for students to visit the medicine department and outreach community health centres.

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