Field works are important to help bridge the gap between education and hands-on experience. The academic experience I had during the point prevalence survey of hospital acquired infections gave me a new perspective. I have gained the skill and confidence to offer practical instructions on hospital acquired infections. I just want to add that it indeed was a great honour to be involved in this first nation-wide point study It was such a wonderful experience because I always felt that we were doing something great that had the potential to influence practice and policy regarding patient management. Everything was well organized and we were on track the entire time.
The point prevalence surveys were an academic exercise, but I must say though that I HAD SUCH A BLAST!!!!! I always felt energized by the excitement and anticipation of leaving Accra for the various survey sites we visited. The transportation to and from the survey sites were often a pleasant open-social time. I had the opportunity to learn about my project colleagues in a rather unstructured way and that helped us to increase social engagements and have a more positive feeling towards each other. There was a lot of excitement and sense of adventure in all of us. It is one thing to see the picture of a place you would want to visit and quite another to see it face to face. I do not know much about the others but I was more excited because it was my first visit to the some regions beyond Accra (Noah Obeng-Nkrumah, Postdoc fellow, HAI-Ghana project)
By: Noah Obeng-Nkrumah (Puerperal infections work package)