What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Carmelo Sophia; I come from Italy. I am originally from Messina in Sicily but now I live in Rome for my studies.
What do you or would you like to specialize in as a medical doctor?
After my first degree, I would like to take a clinical specialization. I am actually interested in chest diseases
How long have you been helping out at BMC and what have you been able to do?
I have been at Benedict Medical Center (BMC) three weeks that passed so quickly. I had the opportunity to improve on a lot of medical skills. Some of the routine work that I was actively involved in were: doing clinical rounds with local doctors every day, visiting patients at the OPD, sometimes assisting surgeons in the theater, assisting as I learnt at the gynecological clinic etc. The OPD in particular, was a way for me to have direct contact with patients in order to learn how to manage a lot of cases that we have never seen in our country Italy (malaria for example).
What do you think about Benedict Medical Center in terms of: Services to the people
All members of BMC are very friendly and experienced, so they do the best for the patients. On the other hand, people are encouraged to come there: it is a small health center in comparison to the big health facilities back home. This ensures effective and efficient service to the community people that visit the hospital.
Availability of critical equipment to the health center
I think it is quite good, you can do the most important exams for your health. There is a Radiology Department, a Theater and a Laboratory and all these work very effectively.
Is this your first time to Uganda and is there anything you loved about this country?
It is the first time for me. I was astonished by this country, I didn’t know a lot of things about Uganda before leaving home. My contact with Ugandan people was very particular, they are very friendly and respectful people. I have fond and very beautiful memories especially about my experience at the hospital where I felt so much at home. Furthermore, there are a lot of natural beauties that deserve to be visited, like Murchison Falls Park.
What are your future prospects in the next five years?
Firstly, I hope to complete my medical studies; then start my specialization. Secondly, if possible I would like to go abroad to experience more, in connection to my field of specialization
What advice/ word to BMC can you give
The advice that I can give is to try to improve everyday. I like a lot the opportunity accorded to me and my colleagues, the possibility of offering us a chance to come to another country and be a part of Uganda’s medical arena, as we explore and learn. I hope I and my colleagues will be able to apply the knowledge we have got. So, my advice is “…continue to give us a chance; we learn a lot.”
I appreciate a lot their real commitment for Ugandan people. I had the pleasure to meet some people from here and I think it is like a beautiful family.
Luzira Community and the patients that visit BMC
It is important for everyone to receive medical service, whenever needed and BMC offers great services for the Luzira Community. Keep it up BMC