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Vale for Africa welcomes Dr. Arach and Dr. Ochar

Date Posted: 07 January 2015

 Vale for Africa recently hosted a visit for two Ugandan doctors, Dr. Proscovia Arach and Dr.  Thomas Ochar. 

 Dr. Arach is a paediatric ophthalmologist, and while she was here she spent a lot of time in the  University Hospital Wales, observing the  clinical practice. Dr. Ochar is a medical director of the District  Government Hospital in Tororo, and he spent a lot of time with the Welsh  Ambulance Service as well  as public health officials and various administration.

 Dr. Arach and Dr. Ochar also visited the Optometry College, where they sat in on Maggie Woodhouse  MBE’s clinic, which specialises disabled  children, particularly Down’s syndrome children.

 Afterwards, the doctors visited Annette Dobbs’ community practice in Barry, had a tour of the Senedd  and had lunch with Jane Hutt AM, and  joined Vale for Africa supporters at the Vegetarian Food Studio in  Penarth Road for an evening meal.

 The trip was acknowledged to have been a huge success, in introducing African medical practices to the team at University Hospital Wales, and in enabling the Ugandan doctors see how things are done in Wales. When viewing the ambulance service, Dr. Ochar said there was almost as much equipment in one ambulance here than in his whole hospital. The doctors said that they benefited hugely from the experience, it is hoped that a return visit can be arranged next year.